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May 16, 2010 | By Bettina Boxall and Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
Biologist Dennis Takahashi-Kelso peered into the cobalt waters of the Gulf of Mexico 20 miles off the Louisiana coast. The only sign of pollution was a plastic bag floating beneath the surface. More than three weeks after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, resulting in a leak spewing 210,000 gallons of crude per day into the gulf, the fouled beaches and dead seabirds that are the hallmarks of catastrophic spills have yet to materialize. But Takahashi-Kelso, who was Alaska's commissioner of Environmental Conservation at the time of the Exxon Valdez disaster, warned: "It's going to be bad."
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OPINION
October 25, 2002
The cheapest and best way to defeat terrorism is to become independent of oil. Harry Levin Woodland Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1986
I disagree with your editorial. Let's get gasoline cheaper. Let's cap all of our domestic oil wells, and conserve oil, and buy gasoline at the cheapest service stations, and drive the price down to 40 cents a gallon. Let's drain other countries dry of their oil and save ours for the future. The trade deficits will be an academic question when we have oil in the next century, while no other nation does. BARRY KRAUSE Santa Monica
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1992
Who are we kidding? California will get tens of thousands of jobs from the destruction of the last really wild area on the continent? Maybe. Maybe there's oil. Chances are a lot longer that there's neither oil nor jobs. If you believe this claim about jobs from slick oil Gov. Hickel, we have the Golden Gate bridge for sale, cheap. SALLY M. REID Sierra Club National Alaska Task Force Pine Mountain, Calif.
TRAVEL
August 6, 1995
While reading with the greatest pleasure the Taste of Travel piece ("Home Grown"), I noted the reference to macadamia nut oil. This oil, which is excellent for salads and cooking, is more widely available than the writer thought. Mrs. Gooch's Natural Foods Markets carry it. ZITA CARNO West Hills
WORLD
March 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexican officials said state oil monopoly Pemex is in "critical" condition, as the country's proven reserves fell from the equivalent of 9.7 years of production to 9.3, and daily oil output declined by 2.3% to about 3.2 million barrels in 2006. In an unusually critical assessment, officials said the company had to become more efficient, increase exploration and open itself to outside expertise and investment. Mexico is the No. 2 supplier of oil to the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2001
Re "OPEC Cut Cited in Call to Boost U.S. Oil Output," March 18: Instead of boosting U.S. oil output by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham should consider diverting the North Slope oil that we're now selling to Japan to the U.S. Has anyone considered this, or would it perhaps cause too great a disruption to oil companies' profits? An easy way to reduce oil consumption is to take a lesson from the time of the last oil shortage: Reduce the national speed limit to 55 mph. Everyone will scream, especially the truckers, but I find that when I cruise my Dodge Caravan at 75 mph on a flat freeway, I get around 15-17 mpg. When I drive at 55 mph my mileage goes up to 23-27 mpg. That's about a 50% increase in mileage and a 33% decrease in gasoline usage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Idled fishermen, oil-slathered pelicans, tar balls washing up on beaches: The daily deluge of sad images from the Gulf of Mexico aren't exactly a choice backdrop for a pro-oil political campaign, especially in an environmentally sensitive California beach town. But on June 8, just seven weeks after the deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, Carpinteria voters will decide on an oil company's bid to expand its operations in the Santa Barbara Channel. If it succeeds, an initiative by Denver-based Venoco Inc. will pave the way for an onshore drilling rig that would extend pipes into the ocean floor and suck out as many as 11,000 barrels of oil a day. Located at a facility Venoco has owned since 1999, the initial exploratory rig would be about 17 stories tall and stay in place for up to a year.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2012 | Bloomberg
Oil extended the longest rally in two years as tensions with Iran threatened supplies while signs of economic growth boosted the outlook for demand. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index closed at the highest level since June 2008. Crude for April delivery rose for a seventh day, increasing 1.8% to $109.77 a barrel, the highest settlement since May 3. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index increased 0.2% to 1,365.74 after earlier rallying as much as 0.4%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 1.74 points to 12,982.95, retreating from an almost four-year high.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2001
The energy policy of the Bush administration is to quickly suck dry the earth under the United States so that we will become completely dependent on imported oil. If we get into a war and our armed forces and industry are almost completely dependent on foreign oil, we will be vulnerable, because the long supply line from the Middle East will be subject to interdiction by our enemies, especially if they are allied with Iraq, Iran and Libya. We should use imported oil and conserve our own. I am willing to pay higher fuel prices to protect the security of our country.
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