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  • Who Is Joe Barton?

    The past—and potentially future—chairman of the House energy committee has a love-hate relationship with the planet.
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    What Would the Tea Party Do?

    They object to Obama. Fine—but it’s worth asking how they would handle something like the gulf oil spill.
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    Are You There, Margaret? It's Me, Sarah.

    Sarah Palin appears determined to secure an audience with former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Eager to explore how much the two have in common, we thought we’d contrast some of their most famous statements.
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    A History of Incorrect Oil-Spill Estimates

    Over the course of the last two months, the estimate for the amount of oil billowing from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico has gone from 1,000 barrels per day to 60,000 barrels. Here's a brief history of who was wrong, and when.
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    Shell's View on the Future of Oil

    Almost seven weeks after the Deepwater Horizon incident that has ravaged the Gulf and imperiled BP, other oil companies are beginning to feel the pinch of President Obama's six-month moratorium on drilling. No drilling means no revenues, but also no jobs for the thousands of rig employees drilling deepwater wells.
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    Kirk Accused of Exaggerating His Teaching Record

    Mark Kirk, the Republican contender for Barack Obama's former Illinois Senate seat, had previously misrepresented his military service in the course of campaigning. Now his oft-recalled time as a teacher is being questioned too.
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    How Cable TV Pundits Stepped On Obama's Oil Speech

    “This is not theater,” declared President Obama on the Today show last week. He was defending his response to the BP oil spill, which he insisted was designed to get actual results, not to put on a show. But there he was on TV again last night to deliver an Oval Office address, which is—if any commander in chief’s action is—a piece of theater. Here is where our presidents seem most presidential, talking directly and sincerely to the American people: where Carter described the national malaise and Bush tried to calm a nation rattled by the 9/11 attacks. That’s the idea, anyway.
  • Response From Former BP CEO John Browne

    On June 10, NEWSWEEJ published an interview with Tom Bower about his new book, "Oil: Money, Politics, and Power in the 21st Century." Much of the interview focused on BP and its former CEO, John Browne. He wrote the following letter to NEWSWEEK's editor, Jon Meacham, to dispute some of the author's assertions.
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    Who Can You Trust? Oil Spill Edition

    As part of an ongoing look at the players in the Gulf Coast oil spill, their biases, successes, and failures, we examine the officials mentioned by President Obama in his Oval Office speech. Who is Michael Bromwich, and what has Steven Chu been doing all this time?
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    Obama Chickens Out on Energy

    In his address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, President Obama eloquently laid out the case that we have failed to confront our dependence on fossil fuels, and that now is the time for us to do so. But he failed to use this opportunity to marshal public support for a logical, tangible goal that would reduce our destructive consumption of oil and coal.
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    Sharron Angle Joins Calls for Armed Revolution in America

    Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee for Harry Reid's Nevada Senate seat, has called for armed revolt against the government. Glenn Beck's new novel, "The Overton Window," encourages concerned citizens to pick up a gun, too. And they're not the only public figures calling for violent insurrection.
  • The President Names a Better BP Watchdog

    President Obama's speech was most noted for its martial themes, but I was struck by what he said about the abuses at the Minerals Management Service. Finally, Obama went on offense.
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    Obama's Curiously Flat Gulf Speech

    Somewhere between Pensacola and the Oval Office, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico went from an “assault” to an “epidemic”—and President Obama went from commander in chief to surgeon general. And that, in short, is why his speech to the nation fell so flat even as he delivered it.
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    'The Time to Embrace a Clean-Energy Future Is Now'

    The core message of President Obama’s Oval Office speech was about more than BP or the activity off the Gulf Coast. Looking straight into the camera, Obama diagnosed the nation’s energy problem and our ongoing dependence on fossil fuels.
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    'If It’s Sunday, It’s More Men in Dark Suits'

    Politico tackles Sunday talk shows' gender disparity. But just so we don’t let the media get away squeaky-clean, a quick rundown of exactly how bad we're all doing when it comes to showcasing women.
  • BYO Energy Bill

    Capitol Hill is still oozing optimism that an energy bill is possible, even inevitable, within the next few months. Why? The gulf spill certainly helps sway opinion toward alternative fuels. As does the deepening oil dependence on unfriendly countries. But politically speaking, energy is the rare political issue with room for both parties to claim victory.