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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White When she heard about the boom chemicals being used to disperse oil from the sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the thoughts of Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) were far away. She was thinking about her hometown Santa Barbara in the late 1960s when Union Oil’s Platform A had [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White In the first of what will be an ongoing series of hearings on the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, leaders at BP, Transocean and Halliburton played an interesting form of the ever-popular corporate blame game. In news accounts previewing the hearing before the Senate Energy Committee [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White Government officials have darkly predicted that the sunken Deepwater Horizon oil rig — still spilling toxic fuel into the Gulf of Mexico as I write this — may indeed surpass the Exxon Valdez disaster as the “most significant” oil spill in U.S. history. As others in the media wax [...]

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GREEN IS GOOD by Meg White Once the purview of radical environmentalists, at age 40, Earth Day has settled into a rut. Across the nation today, people will be pledging to use less plastic, take fewer trips to the gas station and maybe even plant a tree or two. Perhaps the ultimate sign of decline [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White For all the griping and nastiness we’ve seen in Washington over the past year, you wouldn’t have known it to watch the State of the Union event yesterday. Oh sure, Obama’s speech had some “grow the hell up” moments directed at both sides of the aisle. The president started [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White It’s 2010. Do you know which corporate pocket your representative is in? There is no better analogy for the outsize influence of corporations upon government than the behavior of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of late. The “world’s largest business federation” has transformed itself into a lobbying machine for [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White In the award-winning documentary Crude, the rainbow plumes of oil spreading into pristine streams are unmistakable. The fiery landscapes might remind you of sabotaged Kuwaiti oil fields, but the surrounding forest tells you you’re looking at the Amazon. And still, the driver of the truck spreading oil waste on [...]

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BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW by Meg White When I heard that the American Petroleum Institute (API), the lobby group for Big Oil, was taking a cues from the healthcare debate by endeavoring to recreate the vicious rallies we’ve been seeing in an effort to defeat the Waxman-Markey bill, I was worried. Not only am I just plain [...]

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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White Depending upon who you listen to, there is either a populist uprising or a coordinated domestic terrorism onslaught that has been ongoing in Peru for the past month or so. The only thing clear from photos and videos leaking out of the country is that tensions are running [...]