September 2 News: Republicans Reject Bachmann’s Call to Drill in the Everglades; Is Oil Leaking From the BP Site?

Is oil leaking in the Gulf from the BP spill site?

Reports of oil surfacing near the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion are raising questions about its source and whether it is related to last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – one of the worst environmental disasters in US history.

A patch of oil was documented last week about a quarter-mile northeast of the Macondo wellhead leased by BP. That site was plugged in July 2010 after about 4.9 million barrels (206 million gallons) of oil leaked into the Gulf.

On Wednesday, reporters from the Mobile, Ala., Press-Register published photographs and video of their discovery on the news organization’s website, which was in response to surveillance flights conducted the week before by two environmental groups – the Gulf Restoration Network and On Wings of Care. The Press-Register reported witnessing “blobs of oil rise to the surface and bloom into iridescent yellow patches” that later “expanded into rainbow sheens 4 to 5 feet across.”

Surprising Areas See Growth In Green Jobs

When you think about Green Energy and its jobs, Albany, N.Y., probably wouldn’t be the first city that pops into your head. But according to a report, the upstate New York region has the highest concentration of green jobs in the country. Another surprising area in the top 10: Cleveland and northeast Ohio.

Inside a factory in Willoughby, Ohio, Ashlawn Energy is teaming with a local utility and other partners to design and build flow batteries, which, when fully assembled, will be as big as a house.

Project manager Joseph Startari explains that these batteries enable utilities to collect and store energy, including wind and solar power, and then have it available to send out when customers need it.

“It’s part of the smart grid, and it takes a lot of load off the grid and prevents brownouts and things of that nature,” he says.

Florida Republicans reject Bachmann’s call for Everglades drilling

If Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann wants to drill for oil in the Florida Everglades, as she suggested at a recent presidential campaign stop, environmental groups won’t be the only ones standing in her way. She’ll have to go through members of her own party first.

Both of the Florida Republicans running to defeat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012 adamantly oppose energy exploration in the national park. So does Florida Rep. Allen West, a member of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, which Bachmann founded.

“There is no current plan to drill in the Everglades and nor should there be,” former Florida Rep. Adam Hasner told The Ticket when asked about Bachmann’s proposal. Hasner is currently running against former Sen. George LeMieux for the Republican nomination to unseat Nelson. LeMieux also opposes drilling in the park, his campaign spokesman said. Both Hasner and LeMieux support energy exploration off-shore.

Bachmann made the comments about drilling in the Florida national park during a rally in Sarasota last weekend, but added that it must be done “responsibly.”

Few insurers planning for climate change – report

Only one in eight insurers has a formal policy in place to manage climate risk, despite rising evidence that environmental changes are exacerbating insurers’ disaster losses, according to a coalition of public interest groups.

The coalition, Ceres, looked at 88 filings from six states by insurance companies, using a form developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Ceres said it was the first-ever effort to quantify how U.S. insurers manage climate risk in their day-to-day operations.

Despite the broad lack of a formal policy, Ceres said insurers generally acknowledge the problem of climate change and the effect it can have on their business.

“Even those insurers with no formal climate policy, no climate risk management structure and a stated belief that the company is not vulnerable to the effects of climate change still name perils that may be affected by climate change 20 percent of the time,” Ceres said in its report.

9 Responses to September 2 News: Republicans Reject Bachmann’s Call to Drill in the Everglades; Is Oil Leaking From the BP Site?

  1. Tim says:

    No drilling of the everglades? Could it be that Ms. Bachmann forgot that Florida is a swing state? You can drill the hell out of the Alaskan arctic, Michelle, ’cause Alaskans have only 3 electoral votes and would probably go GOP even if they nuked the state.

  2. Wonhyo says:

    Regarding the BP oil leak…

    Are these really “new” leaks, or are the leaks that have been occurring all along since the well was “capped”?

    If these are new leaks from the well, can we expect the rate of leakage to remain stable and limited (or even reduced), or should we expect the rate of leakage to increase?

  3. Joan Savage says:

    On insurance, the Reuters Insider video interview (2nd layer link) had different matters of substance than the text. Even so, they did not address the possibility of larger and larger insurance pools to reduce the impact of any one disaster. Moreover, what about mass migration with prolonged periods needed to establish a home or business in a new location? Most insurance policies operate on replacement in situ, the return to normal, whatever that is.

  4. Joan Savage says:

    She forgot a rule of politics, get prepped by several different locals in your party before making public statements. Over at Grist there was some research on her campaign contributors who are said to include the Collier family who have some oil and gas development interests in the Everglades. Had she heard from different local GOP that the Everglades are the fresh water supply for southern Florida, so off limits to drilling? Looks like not.

  5. Chris Winter says:

    This is great news about Albany, NY and Willoughby, OH.

    “Inside a factory in Willoughby, Ohio, Ashlawn Energy is teaming with a local utility and other partners to design and build flow batteries, which, when fully assembled, will be as big as a house.”

    But I guess Willoughby is no longer the quiet refuge that The Twilight Zone showed us. ;-)

  6. Chris Winter says:

    Deep Climate unveils some good research on two men behind the Ethical Oil Web site.

  7. David B. Benson says:

    Today’s TNYT business section has an article on solar factory closings in the USA and the corresponding situation in China.

    Hints at the possibility that the PRC is cheating on the WTO rules…

  8. The Wonderer says:

    CBS Evening News missed the boat today with a piece entitled “La Nina powers wild weather phenomenon.” One brief mention of climate change, and uncertain link to La Nina. No attempt to explain why, if there’s no link to climate change, and La Nina happens every 3-4 years, why the weather is so unusual this time around.

  9. prokaryotes says:

    Now imagine the next hurricane picking up all the oil and spreading it everywhere… the BP gift that kept on giving…