12 May 2010

VIDEO: Recapping Day 1 of the BP Oil Disaster Hearings

Video highlights from day 1 of the Energy & Commerce Committee’s Senate hearings on the BP oil disaster.

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10 May 2010

Sizing Up the BP Oil Slick (In Graphic Detail)

With BP struggling to develop a realistic solution to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, I tried a couple just to put the size of the slick in perspective, and imagine a) how bad things are now and b) how bad things could potentially become.

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10 May 2010

PHOTOS: Sizing up the BP oil slick

Using a method known as “junk shot,” BP plans to clog the pipe with large quantities of plastic and rubber trash items, such as tires and golf balls. Has this ever been done before? Yes, in fact, unlike the dome method, oil companies have plugged leaks using the “junk shot” method before.

But has it ever been done at a depth of 5,000 ft? No, and scientists are warning that employing such a method in a situation ‘beyond experience’ could actually make things worse, causing crews to lose control of the well and spill even more of its contents into the Gulf.

I came across this Google Maps mashup that takes the Gulf slick and allows you to compare its size with different places or landmarks in the world. I tried a couple just to put the size of the slick in perspective, and imagine a) how bad things are now and b) how bad things could potentially become.

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30 Apr 2010

ACTION: Last chance to audit the Fed

The Senate is about to debate financial reform legislation. While the bill itself is far from what’s needed to shut down Wall Street’s casinos, we have a big opportunity to bring real accountability to the big banks.

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13 Apr 2010

Help Firedoglake Reach 10,000 Facebook Fans!

On Firedoglake’s Facebook page, you’ll find another community of our readers partaking in active and vibrant discussions of the days breaking news and opinion.

It’s also another place where you can find action opportunities, and easily share our content with your family and friends. We always find that when our readers share posts from Firedoglake on Facebook, it attracts people who haven’t heard of us before and helps more people read the great content produced by the writers and community here at FDL.

That’s why we’re trying to get the word out about Firedoglake on Facebook.

Right now, we have 9,700 fans of Firedoglake on facebook, but we want to reach 10,000. Can you fan Firedoglake if you haven’t already, and share our page with your family and friends on your Facebook wall?

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04 Feb 2010

What’s Happening on FDL’s Facebook Page?

On FDL’s Facebook page, you’ll find cross-postings of our blog content and action campaigns, and anyone among our over 7,000 fans can contribute to the discussion, just like they do here in the comments.

Since some of you may not have visited our Facebook page yet, I thought it would be fun to share some of our reader responses with you.

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30 Dec 2009

FDL Activists Calling Progressive Reps. Against the Individual Mandate

At the moment, we have a House bill with a public option and individual mandate, and a Senate bill without a public option but with an individual mandate to purchase health insurance.  As we move toward the conference process in which both bills are merged, the Senate has made clear

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23 Dec 2009

VT Voters to Bernie Sanders: Stand Up for What’s Right, or Risk Losing Your Seat

We thought Bernie Sanders would be a Senator with more bite than bark on health care reform. Green Mountain Daily and FDL Action team up to challenge Bernie Sanders.

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23 Dec 2009

VT Voters to Bernie Sanders: Stand up for what’s right, or risk losing your seat

We thought Bernie Sanders would be a Senator with more bite than bark on health care reform. Green Mountain Daily and FDL Action team up to challenge Bernie Sanders.

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