There’s a Difference Between Whistleblowers and Hustlers

By: Friday July 16, 2010 11:28 am

Last Friday, many outlets covered the story of Adam Dillon, a former British Petroleum contractor-turned-whistleblower who claimed he was fired for taking covert photographs of BP cleanup operations. Dillon was originally caught by WDSU cameras as part of a team chasing reporter Scott Walker away from photographing booms. Shortly thereafter, Dillon said he was fired [...]

BP Needs to Provide Respirators for Cleanup Workers

By: Tuesday June 22, 2010 9:08 am

Despite clear evidence of illness from exposure to oil and dispersants, BP refuses to provide respirators to people cleaning up its disaster. Why? Because BP is afraid of the PR impact from images of people wearing this critical safety equipment in pictures and on TV. BP even threatened to fire workers who choose to wear their own. Firedoglake is joining with workers’ rights advocacy group American Rights at Work to petition BP – and government agencies like OSHA and the Department of Labor – to make BP provide respirators to protect cleanup workers in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tiny Minority of Puzzled Americans Endorses Barton’s “Shakedown” Rhetoric

By: Thursday June 17, 2010 11:45 am

For reasons that go beyond boggling my mind, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce, took it upon himself to apologize to BP CEO Tony Hayward for how mean President Obama has been to his company. He called Obama’s request that BP put $20 billion in an escrow fund [...]

BP CEO Tony Hayward Before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee – Liveblog Part Three

By: Thursday June 17, 2010 11:18 am

BP CEO Tony Hayward is testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The meeting is chaired by Bart Stupak (D-MI). It is expected that the meeting will be interrupted throughout the morning for a series of House votes. You can watch the testimony live on CSPAN 3. You can find part [...]

BP CEO Tony Hayward Before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee – Liveblog Part Two

By: Thursday June 17, 2010 9:20 am

BP CEO Tony Hayward is testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The meeting is chaired by Bart Stupak (D-MI). It is expected that the meeting will be interrupted throughout the morning for a series of House votes. You can watch the testimony live on CSPAN 3. You can find part [...]

BP CEO Tony Hayward Before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee – Liveblog

By: Thursday June 17, 2010 7:04 am

BP CEO Tony Hayward is testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The meeting is chaired by Bart Stupak (D-MI). It is expected that the meeting will be interrupted throughout the morning for a series of House votes. You can watch the testimony live on CSPAN 3 10:07 – Henry [...]

Stop the BP Bailout: 50,000 Petition Signatures by Next Week

By: Wednesday June 16, 2010 3:58 pm

While the President reiterated that $20 billion isn’t a cap, it’s important to know how much more BP could and should pay. One analyst said it could be as much as $63 billion; I suspect and hope it will be in the hundreds of billions. That’s why it’s important we make clear BP should be responsible for every dime of damage from its disaster. Anything less is a taxpayer funded bailout of BP. Can you add your name and help us reach 50,000 signatures before we deliver our petition to the Senate next week?

Sierra Club: Pro-Corporate, Anti-Grass Roots

By: Tuesday June 15, 2010 11:10 am

There was some lively response yesterday to my post on the Sierra Club and its reluctance to criticize the Obama administration for its handling of the oil spill. There is no shortage of targets: the Center for Biological Diversity exposed Ken Salazar for granting new drilling permits after he said there was a moratorium. Food [...]

Sierra Club and Gang Green: Oil Spill Cleanup “Just Fine”

By: Monday June 14, 2010 8:46 am

Josh Gerstein has an article in Politico on the massive silence coming out of the enviros on the BP oil catastrophe, which has been notable ever since the rig collapsed. This weekend the groups took out an ad in the Washington Post, not to criticize the administration for their response, but to praise the President [...]

Can the Internet Fix Politics?

By: Thursday June 3, 2010 10:16 am

(The following is the text of my speech at the Personal Democracy Forum on Thursday June 3, 2010 in New York City — jh) Thank you to Andrew and Micah for inviting me to be here today, and I appreciate the opportunity to speak on today’s topic: “Can the internet fix politics?” Which raises the [...]

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