No Fines for BP?

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BP and others involved in the Deepwater Horizon BP oil disaster are looking at a host of potential fines that could total billions of dollars under various environmental and safety laws. However, a Houston Chronicle investigation discovered that few fines are ever collected after drilling accidents. The Minerals Management Service (MMS), who is supposed to regulate the oil and gas industry, collected only 16 fines out of the 400 investigations in the past five years. It appears that most violations get reduced or dropped during behind-the-scenes negotiations. Time will tell whether this Bush/Cheney policy will change under President Obama, particularly now that its been so spectacularly and disgustingly exposed by the murder of 11 people and millions of animals.

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boehner-government--ie-taxpayers--should-help-pay-for-oil-spill.

Chamber of commerce doesn't want to stick a member either.

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Should public radio program in the public interest?

NPR is supposed to be our national public radio, but they're barely covering climate issues that are in the public's interest.

Only one month ago, a national New York Times/CBS News poll found that half of all Americans think that global warming is already having a serious impact. Sixty percent of those surveyed even said that protecting our environment should be a priority “even at the risk of curbing economic growth.”

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