Johanna Polsenberg

Our Changing Oceans, Update from a Full-Day Symposium in DC

“The spill showed us how closely linked the Gulf economy is to the environment. The disaster literally rippled through the entire community.” “Do we have enough information to understand the impacts?” “The oil spill is merely a bump on the side of a historically massive loss in the Gulf.” These and other telling statements and …

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Commission Frustrated With Congressional Inaction

A do-nothing Congress stands in the way of progress in the Gulf.Today is the first of two days for the final meeting of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The seven Commissioners are meeting to discuss in detail their preliminary findings on the causes of the BP/Deepwater Horizon …

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The Truth, The Whole Truth, and – – – nothing

Today was the first day of the final two-day public hearing held by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling on the causes of the Macondo well blowout. The details of the events and the decisions that were made leading up to the blowout, as recreated by the Commission’s …

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Oil Spill Commission: “America’s Oil Addiction Is Bad…”

The President’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling seems unlikely to avoid a conclusion that is all too familiar to anyone who is working to create a more sustainable, energy future for the United States: we are addicted to oil, it is killing us, and we, as a nation, …

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GRN Attends Commission on BP Disaster DC Hearing

On August 25, I attended the second public meeting of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Fortunately, my immediate and lasting impression is that the Commissioners are extremely well-chosen and broadly experienced, highly capable experts. They demonstrated throughout the long day that they are committed to understanding and …

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