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Pelosi Favors Lifting Cap on Company Liability

Friday, June 11, 2010

With new high oil spill figures, Pelosi speaks in favor of lifting cap on company liability for clean up.

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The Takeaway

Will Environmental Policy Change in Wake of Oil Disaster?

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Deepwater Horizon oil gusher has demonstrated that severe changes in how the U.S. drills for oil are necessary; could this oil disaster be an opportunity for stronger environmental policy?

 

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Family of Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Victims Meet the President

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Eleven men were killed when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20th. Today the family members of those men will visit the White House to meet with President Barack Obama. We speak with Chris Jones, whose brother, Gordon, died in the explosion. Jones recently pleaded with BP CEO Tony Hayward with the emotional words, "I want my brother back."

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Transportation Nation

Shall We Kick Off The Energy Debate?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in January with Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (at left) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(Washington, DC - Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) -- The much-anticipated Senate debate over energy and climate change legislation is getting an early start.

Lawmakers are set to vote today on a GOP-backed resolution stripping the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to regulate carbon and other ‘greenhouse gasses’. The vote is shaping up as an early test of where lawmakers stand on curbing carbon emissions in advance of a full-blown energy policy debate set for July.

The EPA branded carbon an “endangerment” to human health in December, 2009, clearing the way for the agency to regulate it as a pollutant. That came after a Supreme Court decision ruling the agency had the power to regulate carbon under the Clean Air Act.

But amid mounting global pressure for US action on climate change, the move was widely seen as the Obama Administration’s way to pressure reluctant lawmakers to act on carbon caps or face regulations from the EPA.

Still, Republicans decried EPA’s anti-carbon threatened rule-making as a power-grab.  Today’s vote, if successful and the bill becomes law, would strip EPA of the authority to make new carbon-control rules.

“The EPA intends to take control of climate policy.  Take it away from the Congress,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the resolution’s main sponsor. “This resolution is about protecting the economy and preventing agency overreach. It’s as simple as that,” she said.

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The Takeaway

First Take: Primary Results, Spill Effects Hit Seafood Market, John Waters

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

UPDATED: 6:00 p.m. 

Alex Goldmark picking up the night duties today. 

As we wait for the results of tonight's primaries in 12 states like the good political junkies that we are, some other stories are also on our radar. We're kicking off our World Cup coverage tomorrow with a preview of what to watch, and how. 

If you are looking to get patriotic, but don't want to do it cheering for Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan, then we've got a chance for you to redesign the national anthem. Our friends at Studio 360 are giving the elements of the 4th of July a fresh look, so we'll check in on what their thinking and what their listeners are suggesting. 

And finally we'll round out the getting ready for summer radio with tips on making a standout-impress-your-guests-and-honor-your-country BBQ sauce. Really, it gets way more complex than you think, and how you make a sauce can say a lot about you and where you are from. 

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The Takeaway

Feedback Loop: Oil Power, Political Power

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Today is a big primary day and we asked you to weigh in. If you could change the system, what would you do? Adrian DeVore suggests on Facebook that we "change it from partisan to non-partisan and implement public financed elections!" And Adam Edwards says that we should do "anything to take power away from political parties."

We also talked about the economic impact of the oil spill, which continues to pollute the Gulf. We specifically looked at whether cleanup jobs would have a positive effect as more and more fisherman are losing business. Listeners had great feedback.

 

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The Takeaway

President Obama's Harsh Words on BP

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

In an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, President Obama suggested that if he were in charge,  BP's CEO would be out of a job. He also used harsh language when addressing critics who have said that he responded too slowly to the oil spill crisis.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: Should BP's CEO Resign?

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

It's been 50 days since oil began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. We've seen botched cleanup attempts, oil-soaked animals, tar balls on beaches and blunders from BP CEO, Tony Hayward. Takeaway listeners have a lot to say on BP's mistakes and whether, as President Obama suggested, the company's CEO should be fired.

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Top of the Hour: Gulf Coast Jobs, This Morning's Headlines

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Dean Blanchard runs Dean Blanchard Seafood in Grand Isle, Louisiana. He says that cleanup jobs in the Gulf aren't having much of a positive effect on the local economy. And we bring you the latest headlines.

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The Takeaway

@BP, but not THAT BP: One Twitter User's Nightmare

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Across the country, a groundswell of public outrage continues to grow against oil giant BP as oil continues to leak into the Gulf of Mexico. That's despite the news that a cap is helping to collect between 10,000 and 20,000 gallons of oil a day. Some Twitter users, irritated at the situation, have vented their outrage to the Twitter user @BP.

Unfortunately, @BP is not that BP. It's the Twitter handle of Bryan Pendleton, a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon who says a typical tweet is "'clean it up, followed by an expletive."

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The Takeaway

Feedback Loop: Your Fixes for the Oil Gusher

Monday, June 07, 2010

The oil spill was the focus of today’s show. We heard experts on how BP should fix the spill, whether BP's CEO should be ousted and what it’s like in Pensacola, Florida, where beachgoers are noticing more and more tar balls in the sand.

This prompted Takeaway listener, Phil Henshaw from Manhattan to comment:

“We should encourage people to play with the tar balls, let them feel what the problem is, help the cleanup, let them study the dying sea life, and let them get to know what it is to be a physical organism relying on vanishing physical resources...kids just never get the chance to sit and play in the dirt with a stick any more, an enormous loss to our consciousness of being part of a physical world.”

What do you think? Would more interaction with our physical world help avoid catastrophes like this in the future? And what about now? You had a lot of suggestions for how to fix the spill.

Here are some of them:

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The Takeaway

Robert Reich on Why We Need a Government Takeover of BP

Monday, June 07, 2010

Former labor secretary under President Clinton, Robert Reich, says the Obama administration should take over BP’s operations in the Gulf of Mexico until the oil well is plugged, comparing it to the government’s takeover of the carmaker GM last year. In a blog post on his website, he writes that this would ensure that “the firm would unambiguously be working in the public’s interest."

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The Takeaway

The Week's Agenda: The Economics Behind the Oil Spill, Primary Elections

Monday, June 07, 2010

This week is all about "angst," says Takeaway economics editor Charles Hermann. Politically, it's about "watching the women," says Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich. Those are the terms setting the agenda for this week, as we look ahead at news on the economic impact of the oil spill and whether anti-incumbent fever will affect Tuesday's primary elections.

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The Takeaway

How To Fix The Oil Spill: Samantha Bee, Bill Gates, and You

Thursday, June 03, 2010

We asked several guests from The Takeaway this week how they might suggest addressing the largest environmental disaster this hemisphere has seen in decades.  Noted Canadian Samantha Bee chimed in, as did Bill Gates and former nuclear submarine officer Christopher Brownfield. Oh, and Takeaway morning intern David Ingram. (We doubt BP is turning away suggestions at this point, so we cast the net wide.)

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WQXR News

BP Prepares To Cap and Seal Pipe

Thursday, June 03, 2010

BP sliced off a pipe with giant shears in the latest bid to curtail the oil spill, but the cut was jagged and will be difficult to cap.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Oil Spill Update, Morning Headlines

Friday, May 28, 2010

Director of the New America Foundation's Energy Policy Initiative, Lisa Margonelli on the spill; headlines.

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The Takeaway

Is the Gulf Oil Spill Obama's Katrina?

Friday, May 28, 2010

Amid criticisms about slow response times and an unclear chain of command, the question has been asked, "Is This Obama's Katrina?"  In a press conference yesterday - his first since the gulf oil leak five weeks ago - President Obama sent a clear message: I take responsibility.  This is my job.  And things should have moved faster.

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The Takeaway

Live Coverage: President Obama on the Oil Spill

Thursday, May 27, 2010

President Obama is releasing the White House’s 30-day safety review of deep-water drilling. Watch the coverage live here or click below for the audio. The announcement is expected to begin at 12:40 p.m. Eastern.

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The Takeaway

With Oil Spill, Calculating True Costs of Energy

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill may very well become the most costly environmental disaster in history. The total costs are still unknown but some estimate it could be in the billions of dollars. BP is already spending between $6 and $7 million a day on efforts to cap the leak and cleanup the spill. By comparison, the Exxon Valdez spill — which was less damaging than the Deepwater Horizon — cost Exxon $3.8 million in clean up and damage costs, and $500 million in punitive damages.

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The Takeaway

Without Protective Gear, Oil Cleanup Crews Say They’re Getting Sick

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Some of the workers who have been hired by BP to help clean up the massive Gulf oil spill say they’re getting headaches, dizziness and nausea after coming in close contact with oil and other chemicals from the spill.

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