March 28, 2011
President Barack Obama's speech Tuesday night about the military action in Libya was composed of 3,362 words. But there were two words conspicuously absent from the 30-minute address: "Oil" and "energy. " Back in the day, when politicians didn't use word like "interest" -- a word that appeared six times in Obama's speech -- as a euphemism, they spoke more plainly. A quick history lesson (I know, I know, but I promise I'll keep this short): When Europeans were divvying up the deceased Ottoman Empire after World War I, they spoke openly of the desire to control oil fields as their reason for interest in African and Middle Eastern countries.
April 28, 2010
I feel so reassured knowing that we have the advanced technology to locate oil deep below the surface of the ocean floor (remember the T.V. commercials?). Yet,the remote controlled submersible vehicles being deployed in the Gulf oil well blow-out are unable to even locate a 450 ton valve of the blow-out preventer, and when they do, they can't even make it operate, when it was suppose to operate automatically when the blow-out occurred. Gee, I wonder if it was ever tested since it was first installed.
January 12, 2003
LET'S TAKE a look at oil. It's the one crucial ingredient in the world's economy, and two-thirds of the world's oil is in the region surrounding the Persian Gulf. Both the United States and Great Britain deny that the crisis over Iraq is about oil - but there's no question that the future of the oil business will be profoundly affected by what happens there in the months to come. The key, of course, is Saudi Arabia, with its giant reserves. For several years now, American policy-makers have been growing increasingly concerned about the Saudi connection.
May 26, 2010
With oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill now reaching major ocean currents, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday to assess the threat to the Chesapeake Bay and the waters off Maryland. "The immediate impact on the communities closest to the spill is obvious," the Maryland Democrat wrote in a letter to NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco. "But my constituents are also asking – will they see oil on the beaches of Ocean City?
February 26, 2010
Two people were injured when a tanker truck overturned in northern Baltimore County, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department. County firefighters responded at 8:20 a.m. to the 3600 block of Blemheim Road in Phoenix, a spokeswoman said. The tanker was delivering heating oil to a house, and firefighters found the truck on its side leaking oil. Hazardous material crews were called, and the Maryland Department of the Environment was contacted to stop the leak. Two patients were taken to Sinai Hospital.
November 2, 1991
Big Oil, after a 10-year stalemate, has lost its fight, at least for now, for drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve in Alaska. Environmentalists, making ANWR their driving wedge to block energy legislation they decried as the handiwork of the petroleum, coal and nuclear power industries, resorted to a Senate filibuster to win the day. They had the support of both Maryland senators. Fifty senators, half the membership, wanted to push the measure to passage, but they lacked the 60 votes needed to cut off debate.