September 21, 2012
Thanks for Nancy Unger's article on Rachel Carson, whose research was denounced in the popular press, dismissed as hysterical, and considered by some to reflect communist sympathies ("'Silent Spring' still echoes," Sept. 16). Carson's story doesn't sound that different from the way scientists who study climate change are treated today. The popular press feels compelled to "balance" the reporting of scientific results with quotes from pseudo-scientists hired by Big Oil. Even though climate scientists have often understated the severity of climate change, their results are similarly dismissed as exaggerated and apocalyptic.
April 16, 2013
Seismic testing for oil and gas off Maryland and other Atlantic coast states could cause widespread harm to whales, dolphins, sea turtles and fish, as well as to fishing and tourism, an environmental group warned Tuesday. Oceana said the federal government's own environmental impact statement estimates 138,500 whales and dolphins could be injured if seismic "airguns," which generate blasts of noise underwater, are used to explore for oil and gas along the Atlantic coast. The Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is weighing applications to conduct offshore seismic testing from Delaware to Florida.
December 21, 1995
PARIS -- Algeria is on the verge of concluding several major energy deals for the development of some of its enormous oil and gas reserves. The agreements will bring a huge injection of capital to the country and are being characterized as a turning point in the West's confidence in Algeria's government.British Petroleum has made a commitment to spend $3.5 billion in Algeria over the next quarter-century, the largest investment by a foreign concern since Algerian independence from France 33 years ago and one of BP's biggest foreign ventures.
May 21, 2006
Perhaps it's understandable that a Republican lawmaker from rural northern Pennsylvania would be frustrated at the nation's refusal to allow oil and gas drilling along most of its scenic coast. High energy costs are making it impossible for American industry to match foreign competition, Rep. John E. Peterson complained last week to his House colleagues. "This is the only country in the world that's locked up its outer continental shelf," he said. Mr. Peterson's effort to amend a 25-year ban on offshore exploration to permit the search for natural gas was narrowly rejected by the House a few hours later.
August 13, 2007
On June 29, the Bush administration quietly approved a keystone of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy policy: furthering our addiction to oil through the 5-Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The program governs the sale of all offshore oil and gas leases in federal waters over the next five years and anticipates the drilling of more than 10 billion barrels of oil and more than 45 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in some of our most pristine and sensitive marine habitats.
December 13, 2006
Folks who have to pinch local government pennies down in the states along the Gulf of Mexico can barely control their glee at the windfall Congress provided them shortly before adjourning last weekend. Lawmakers voted to lift a ban on far-offshore oil and gas drilling in the gulf, and to share royalties on the leases with Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas. The states should take care to ensure, though, that those royalties actually get collected. It seems the federal agency in charge of monitoring the leases is so lax there are no guarantees.
December 8, 1991
From: Joseph J. Bish Jr.D-2 RepresentativeAs the holidays approach, I see so much good will, caring and giving by the people of the United States. This is fantastic. They donate food and clothing for those who are less fortunate than they are. They gather toys for children who wouldn't have a Christmas if it werenot their good will. Again this is great, but I see the U.S. government is actually using these people.They are saying that we know our good U.S. citizens will always help a fellow American out of theirown pockets, which is the American way and is great, but these unscrupulous so-called government leaders stick it to the caring taxpayer.
May 19, 2002
AT THE STROKE of midnight tonight, East Timor will become the world's newest nation, and one of its poorest -- that is, until its off-shore oil and gas reserves are tapped and flowing. After Portuguese rule for 400 years, Japanese occupation for three, Indonesian domination for 24 and interim U.N. administration for another three, the importance of this moment cannot be overstated for this half-island nation at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago. East Timor lost a third of its population under Indonesia's brutal rule.
November 23, 2005
A. Alexander-Ozinskas, Garrison Forest SPORT FIELD HOCKEY GIRLS STATS -- The senior moved from midfield to defense this season and continued to stand out for the No. 10 Garrison Forest field hockey team. She is also an avid rock climber. SIDELINES -- A straight-A student and Cum Laude Society member, Alexander-Ozinskas wants to become an environmental engineer and help save the planet. In the spring, she'll take part in the Women in Science and Engineering Program, a partnership with Johns Hopkins University.
November 28, 2012
Rep. Eric Cantor, the number two Republican in the Congress, has now joined his leader, House Speaker John Boehner, in calling for President Barack Obama's health reform law to be put on the table in the debate over how to avoid the fiscal cliff. Until now , the two issues were pretty clear: Increased tax revenue from the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans in return for cutting entitlement programs. Adding Obamacare to the mix is a classic negotiating tactic. When you are losing the negotiation, put another chip on the table.