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'The Fix:' Dirty Energy's Undue Influence on American Political Life

Article: 'The Fix:' Dirty Energy's Undue Influence on American Political Life

The glove-covered hands of Dan Howells, deputy campaign director with Greenpeace, are coated with a layer of oil after he dipped them in oil floating on the surface in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill near Grand Isle, Louisiana, June 10, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Like most Americans, I am horrified by the unending catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. Even with the latest containment cap in place, oil is likely to hemorrhage from BP’s ruptured well until August or beyond.

As I try to convey in my new video, “The Fix,” I am appalled by what this spill is doing to Gulf fishermen, families, communities and wildlife. But I am also disgusted by what it reveals about the oil industry’s role in American political life.

With their deep pockets, oil companies have purchased loose safety regulations, slack oversight and support from key lawmakers. Last year alone, the industry spent a $168 million on lobbying — $16 million of which came from BP. The blowout on the Deepwater Horizon is a symptom of this undue influence.

It is time for the collusion to stop. As long as it continues, Americans will pay the price in the form of devastated ecosystems and a fossil fuel addiction that benefits oil companies, not ordinary citizens.

Hurricane Ike Shuts Largest U.S. Biodiesel Refinery

Article: Hurricane Ike Shuts Largest U.S. Biodiesel Refinery

HOUSTON, Texas, September 17, 2008 (ENS) – The nation’s largest biodiesel refinery, located on the Houston Ship Channel, will be shut down for the next six to eight weeks because of damage and loss of power caused by Hurricane Ike, company officials say. The publicly traded owner-operator GreenHunter Energy says damages at its Renewable Fuels…

Oil Spill Closes 80 Miles of the Mississippi River

Article: Oil Spill Closes 80 Miles of the Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, July 24, 2008 (ENS) – Crews are struggling to contain and clean more than 419,000 gallons of fuel oil from an 80 mile closed stretch of the Mississippi River that extends from New Orleans downstream to the Gulf of Mexico. The oil spilled early Wednesday near downtown New Orleans when the 600-foot…

Canadian Bulk Carrier Spills Oil Into Maumee River

Article: Canadian Bulk Carrier Spills Oil Into Maumee River

The Canadian bulk carrier Algonorth tied up to the Midwest Marine Terminal. (Photo credit unknown) TOLEDO, Ohio, December 17, 2007 (ENS) – Droves of cleanup workers spent much of the weekend trying to contain and collect 3,300 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into Ohio’s Maumee River Friday night by a Canadian bulk carrier. Loaded…