BP's Lamar McKay (AP/Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Spilling over

Environment | Executives from the companies involved in the Gulf oil spill blame each other before Congress
by Jamie Dean
Posted 5/12/10, 02:08 pm

When executives from three major companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill faced a congressional committee on Tuesday, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., couldn't resist underscoring the historical significance of the Capitol Hill setting: The hearings unfolded in the same room congressmen used to conduct hearings on the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912.

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Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard/AP

Troubled waters

Environment | With Katrina still a recent memory, Gulf Coast communities find the backbone of their economies threatened by BP's ongoing oil spill
by Jamie Dean
Posted 5/07/10, 08:53 am

From a quiet dock on the bayou behind his home in Bay St. Louis, Miss., Pastor Jean Larroux watched the still water and waited. Two weeks after an oil rig exploded 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 people, officials estimated the sunken rig was gushing some 210,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf waters each day. Authorities gave coastal communities along the Mississippi and Louisiana shores a stark warning: The massive spill could create the worst environmental disaster in the nation's history.

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Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Green fatigue

Environment | Americans are still willing to buy environmentally friendly products, but only if they're friendly to the wallet as well
by Megan Basham
Posted 3/12/10, 08:30 am

When Audi unveiled its new "Green Police" campaign during the 2010 Super Bowl, it signaled a dramatic shift in the tidal wave of eco-conscious advertising that has been growing since the mid-2000s. In the commercial, average, relatable people make a series of innocuous decisions like choosing paper over plastic or putting an orange rind down the garbage disposal that result in their being raided by the "green police," a group of sinister-looking, big-brother-type authority figures.

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