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BP and Revenge of the NerdsExperts

Ezra Klein makes a great catch: Obama has also called in some of the many scientists on the federal payroll, led by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. Chu at one point pushed the unusual idea of using gamma rays to peer into the blowout preventer to determine if its valves were closed,…

Having spent most of Thursday travelling from San Diego to Boston, I had the distinct displeasure of watching cable news. First point: it still sucks. But the constant theme was that Obama is on the defensive about the BP oil rig blowout. Sure, it’s stupid, although I think Obama was too ready to rely on…

(from here) Obama’s kinder, gentler “Drill, baby, drill” is looking very short-sighted. We can only hope he has learned that when you use your party loyalists as foils and adopt a center-right compromise, so that you can claim to have boldly discarded the “the tired debates between right and left”, that there is a potential…

If Republicans claim that oil pipelines are good for caribou, I wonder what they’ll make of the blackfly outbreak in Maine. About the first half of the previous sentence–that’s not hyperbole. Really (by way of Digby):

Wolfrum at Shakesville alerts us to The New Right’s attempt to lay our failed energy policies every but at the feet of Republicans: Take the post “How did the GOP get stuck “Defending Big Oil” again?” Now, this post could have been just five words long: “Because that’s what they do.” But the post is…

A New and Improved Automobile Engine?

A while ago, I stumbled across this amazing article about a car mechanic, who never even graduated high school, and who has developed a diesel engine that is cleaner (biodiesel based), more fuel efficient, and more powerful than the standard engine produced by car companies (italics mine):

Bush Can Just Make You Crazy

By way of Litbrit at Shakespeare’s Sister, I came across a Greg Palast article about possible motivations for a troop increase in Iraq. Palast writes (bold in original; italics mine):