CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2010
Political party: Democrat Occupation: San Francisco mayor Age: 43, born in San Francisco City of residence: San Francisco Personal: Wife, actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom; 13-month-old daughter, Montana Education: Bachelor's degree in political science, Santa Clara University Career highlights: Served on San Francisco Board of Supervisors and on Parking and Traffic Commission. Legalized gay marriage in San Francisco. Approved city's universal healthcare program.
September 4, 2010 |
Louisianans expressed relief Friday that another offshore tragedy had been averted: A second oil facility that caught fire this week did not cause a leak, and no one was hurt. But many here were also worried that Thursday's production-platform blaze dealt a public relations blow to an industry that is crucial to the regional economy and is still reeling from the April 20 blowout of the Deepwater Horizon rig. When she first heard about the fire, New Orleans legal assistant Terri Heimel said to herself, "Oh God, how could this happen again?
August 23, 2010
Maybe we shouldn't be too surprised that legislation to make offshore drilling safer for workers and the environment has stalled in the Senate; after all, it took 18 months after the Exxon Valdez tanker spill in 1989 for Congress to pass a bill aimed at preventing more such disasters. With all the money poured into lobbying and campaigning by oil companies, and with some states so deeply dependent on the industry, it's very hard to pass new regulations affecting Big Oil. But it shouldn't be this hard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2010 |
With images of the Gulf Coast oil spill still fresh in voters' minds, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer campaigned in Santa Barbara on Wednesday, arguing that Carly Fiorina's support for additional oil drilling off California's coast could threaten the jobs of nearly 400,000 workers whose livelihoods depend on the coastal economy. Deliberately making an economic argument as well as an environmental one, Boxer spoke before a backdrop of blue and yellow kayaks at a small adventure touring company where the owner introduced her by asking the audience to imagine how their lives would change if "the devastation in the Gulf Coast were happening here.
July 31, 2010 |
In its most sweeping response to the gulf oil spill, the House on Friday approved legislation that would impose new environmental safeguards for offshore drilling, remove a liability cap for spill damages, and slap industry with a new tax to fund conservation projects nationwide. The Democratic-drafted legislation passed on a largely party-line 209-193 vote but faces trouble in the deeply divided Senate. "The Deepwater Horizon explosion and the subsequent damage that has occurred over the past 102 days is indeed a game-changer," said Nick J. Rahall II (D-W.
July 21, 2010 |
When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April it created an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and a gusher for the economy of Washington, where the business of lobbying, public relations and the law is the dominant industry. Lobbying expenditure reports for the first reporting period after the April 20 blowout show that offshore drilling companies and environmental groups ramped up their spending to make their case to lawmakers and regulators on a range of energy-related issues.
July 21, 2010 |
Tribune Washington Bureau It took Republicans in the state House of Representatives here less than an hour Tuesday to deep-six an effort by Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican turned independent, to push a constitutional amendment banning offshore drilling. The outcome was not a surprise, but it was dramatic evidence that the massive oil spill is washing over gulf state politics as well as beaches. Crist, a popular governor who is running for the U.S. Senate as an independent after being flanked by conservatives in his own party, is hoping that anger over the oil spill will propel him to office.
July 14, 2010
Among the endangered species on our coast, count California's 27 offshore oil rigs. Even as other states lobby for expanded drilling, President Obama has left a federal moratorium on Pacific Coast drilling intact — meaning that within 20 years, the existing rigs will probably vanish as the wells they're tapping dry up. Yet while the unsightly and environmentally risky platforms are destined to be scrapped, what will remain underwater is very...
June 20, 2010 |
The waves were flat and blue when the smell through the open door of the helicopter blasted Interior Secretary Ken Salazar like a spray of WD-40. Moments later, orange streaks came into view, the telltale outer fringe of a massive oil slick. Then the streaks gave way to a bloody red sheen that seemed to stretch endlessly. On the horizon, columns of black smoke climbed to the clouds, signs of the effort to eliminate pockets of crude by burning them. The helicopter touched down on a massive drilling rig. Salazar was soon hiking up the metal stairs and through the air-conditioned control rooms of the Development Driller II, interrogating officials from BP and Transocean Ltd. on the progress of their efforts to tap into the runaway well 1,000 yards to the southwest and 5,000 feet below the surface.
June 9, 2010 |
His voice breaking as he spoke of a brother lost in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, Christopher K. Jones pleaded with lawmakers Tuesday to change a 90-year-old law that limits corporate liability for the 11 lives claimed in the April oil rig disaster. Jones, a Baton Rouge attorney, displayed photos of his 28-year-old brother, Gordon, including one of an unfinished backyard fort his sibling had been building with his 2-year-old son. Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jones referred to BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward's remark that he "would like [his]