Sunday, June 27, 2010

Green World Cup

Though Team USA is out in a heartbreaking loss to Ghana, millions of Americans are now tuned into the World Cup.

But did you know...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

So... where does that leave us with regards to the oil spill?

3) What's going to happen and how can we help?

The only thing I can say for certain, people won't forget anytime soon.
If you've been reading my last posts about the BP oil spill, first off: thanks!  They're pretty lengthy, but I think I've managed to get a lot of information in them.  Secondly, I don't think anyone knows what's going on or what's going to happen.  I have some predictions, as well as a run through of some historically huge oil spill disasters, and some thoughts about what we can do to help.

As always, your feedback is much appreciated.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

So... what's going to happen with BP and how will the government respond?

2) What are the business implications?  What are the political implications?  And, most importantly perhaps, how are these intertwined?

Team Hayword vs. Team Obama.  Let's not make it a draw a la World Cup.  Image source.

As with most national catastrophes, in this situation Big Business and Big Government has seemed to be in cahoots.

BP is in shambles as of late.  Their stock price has plummeted in accordance with their involvement with this disaster.  Though once lauded by those less knowledgeable about alternative energy as seeming to put emphasis on renewable energy, they have proven that "Beyond Petroleum" wasn't BP but BS.  The question remains though, can BP return from this?

The US government, meanwhile, has also been criticized and blamed, though also lauded and praised.  President Obama has been accused of using this event to further push his own agenda, particularly when it comes to cap and trade.  He has also been praised for taking a strong stance against BP's nonsense.  (Though, as with most events in politics, also criticized by Britain for trying to ruin their economy.  All right, England, let's save it for the World Cup.)  The question from this stance is will the government use this disaster to finally and seriously attempt much needed energy reform or will it allow Big Business to roll all over it, as it often does, and we go back to business as usual?

Read on for a breakdown of what BP's business implications are and what government is doing.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

So... what exactly is going on with the oil spill?

1) What is the BP oil spill?  What's been done?  Who are the players?  Who is affected?

These are the images BP doesn't want you to see.  Image by Charles Riedel.
Hint: this is not what a pelican is supposed to look like.

The BP oil spill, as it's now being called (though it is more accurately called the Deepwater Horizon oil spill) is, without question, our generation's worst environmental disaster, and one of the worst in history.

Though the blame, in public eye, falls to BP (British Petroleum), the third largest energy company in the world, there are other players in this disaster such as Transocean, the world's largest offshore drilling company, and of course, the US government and President Obama, whom many consider could be inextricably linked to this crisis and think it could determine his legacy much like Hurricane Katrina determined (in part) President Bush's legacy.

Besides the 11 killed people who were on Deepwater Horizon, there are many other people affected - the other workers and injured members of the rig, the BP execs all the way down to the gas-pumpers (if you live in NJ! [or Oregon]), the residents of Louisiana/Alabama/the rest of the Gulf, and, of course, YOU.  Not to even begin to mention the animals who have already been killed by the oil spill, the ones who will be killed, and the ones who are in dire trouble (see photo above).  Of course, the Gulf itself will be, perhaps irreversibly, damaged.

Read on for a breakdown of the oil spill itself, the players, and the victims.

Friday, June 11, 2010

BP oil spill: let us break it down for you

Over 50 days ago, on April 20th, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig (a mobile offshore drilling unit designed to drill underwater wells for oil extraction) exploded due to a high pressure in the well, leading to what experts now think may be one of the largest oil spills in history.

With news reports every day updating citizens on new estimates of oil spilled, who's blaming who, which politician is offering his two-cents, which celebrity is offering his new technology, why they went wrong, and who is in trouble, it can be near impossible to figure out what's happening.

Over the next few days, I'll be writing some posts about:
2) What are the business implications?  What are the political implications?  And, most importantly perhaps, how are these intertwined?
3) What's going to happen and how can we help?

I'll split it out over a few days so it's not like reading a novel but all we can say with certainty is that this event could be a major turning point - but of what?  (We don't quite know... a turning point for big corporations?  For small business?  For President Obama?)

Even more than a month later, there's quite a bit of conjecture, so, as always, your feedback is appreciated.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Children's Environmental Movies

Babysitting this summer?  Finding yourself nostalgic for some children's movies?  Bored?
I've compiled my top 5 children's environmental movies.

5) Ferngully (1992): Long considered the quintessential children's environmental movie.

Ferngully is about a group of fairies who need to protect their rain-forest home from humans who want to cut down their trees for wood.
Environmental theme: deforestation

4) Jetsons: The Movie (1990): Though maybe a bit before our time, this space-age adventure is still relevant to our time - almost a past-day, children's version of Avatar.  (Minus the cool effects and blue people.)

The Jetsons, America's favorite future-family, have moved to Orbiting-Ore Asteroid, where a new mining colony has opened.  However, the factory is drilling into aliens' community and ruining their homes.
Environmental theme: habitat destruction

Power Summer

Hey Eco-Readers!
Sorry for the lack of posts as of recently.  We would like for you to keep tuned for some easy summer posts and to give you a heads up for some reformatting to come this summer.
Additionally, we'd like to wish good luck and offer thanks to our seniors who graduated a few weeks ago:

  • Jon Cohn, blog-poster extraordinaire, and ex-President/Treasurer/general holder-together-er, who will be going to graduate school
  • Tripti Bhattacharya, peace loving, plant loving, ex-board member and voice of reason, who will be going to graduate school
  • Mike Durante, generally awesome guy, ex-Monk, who will be working with his non-profit, Compass Partners, over the summer and then into the working world come Fall
  • Anique Drumright, enthusiasm-expert and spear-header of the off-campus composting movement
  • Maggie Curme, outdoor lover and kayaking master
  • Annie McBride, artistic genius and ex-board member
Peace out everyone and look forward to some great posts