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The Difference between the Exxon and BP Spills? Dollars and Photoshop…

History repeats itself. Boy does it. This was never more evident than after I finished reading Charles Wohlforth’s The Fate of Nature (2010), which has a few ominous chapters dedicated to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Wohlforth was a journalist who covered the spill in the field and after reading his account, I was humbled by the realization that none...

By My Calculations, BP Still Owes $47.6 Billion

Let’s briefly compare the Exxon and BP spills. Exxon oil estimated to have spilled into Prince William Sound: 11 million gallons BP oil estimated to have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico: 172 million gallons So when we talk about how BP’s Oil Spill Bill Could Dwarf Exxon’s Valdez Tab we should remember that BP’s oil spill also dwarfed Exxon’s. And...

My Voice from the Spill

Read an interview I did with Mongabay about the Gulf Oil spill more than a week ago (apologies for the lag time). Also watch for a comparison of the Exxon Valdez and Gulf oil spills coming soon…

Voices from the Spill

In a humble effort at citizen journalism, we went around New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf asking people what they thought of the BP oil spill. Most of victims don’t have voices, but here is what a few of the humans thought (they wrote down their opinions or, on occasion, dictated it to us). For the collection, see the Flickr set. If you would...

Do People Hate BP?

BP says oil flow has stopped as cap is tested, although we’re not sure when there will be a permanent solution. But even if they manage to stop the oil, can BP stop the hate? Many people are certainly angry at BP. The Facebook Boycott BP page had 350,000 followers in early June and is now up to 825,000 people. BPGlobalPR, an adbusting on Twitter,...

Anti-BP Tees

In the French Quarter of NOLA, shirts about the spill are a hot item. Here are a few favorites around town. For more, check out our Flickr set devoted to oil spill t-shirts.

Balloon on the Bayou: Grassroots Mapping in Bay Baptiste

“The bucketheads are here,” Jeff Holmes radioed back to his camp in Grand Bayou Village, a totally bizarre and charming outcropping of homes built on salt marshes that Holmes is worried will disintegrate under a thin but suffocating blanket of oil that is creeping up the bayou. That is, in part, why he has volunteered to take us out to film the bay...

Pepsciblicide: Am I Missing Something?

Even before I knew what it was, I never wanted a blog, because I didn’t like how the word sounds. Similarly, the term scibling (which refers to bloggers on scienceblogs.com) always creeped me out. And yet, here I find myself, a scibling and a blogger for more than three years in SEED’s network and more or less content. Ask anyone and you’ll find...

Protest BP Day in New Orleans

Tonight we made our way to Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter to witness the New Orleans gathering of Worldwide Protest BP Day. The drizzling weather probably served to separate the men from the boys, as they say, and so good intentions and half-baked messages ran high (see photos from the protest on Fickr). There were plenty of people opposed to...

Saving Oiled Birds in Buras, LA

Here is the dead wildlife tally as of yesterday: As you can see, birds are hit hardest (or most often discovered). So we headed to the International Bird Rescue’s Buras, LA operation, where they take many of the oiled pelicans, gulls, and terns. Most of the birds spend 2-3 weeks in recovery and they spend the first week very stressed out due to...

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