Byard Duncan

I Caused the Deepwater Horizon Spill

The Deepwater Horizon disaster is my fault. Yours too.

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Will BP Be Held Responsible? Not if Senator Lisa Murkowski Can Help It

On Tuesday, May 11, Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, led questioning in a Senate hearing designed to hash out the details of what caused the Deepwater Horizon explosion. After briefly mentioning the 11 workers who were lost following the blast, Murkowski affirmed that despite its risk, offshore drilling is essential to America’s energy future.

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Flammable Drinking Water? Why Gas Drilling in New York and Nearby States Could Become an Environmental Catastrophe

Fred Mayer is sitting at his kitchen table in Candor, NY, smoking a cigarette he probably shouldn’t be smoking.

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Why the National Review Is Wrong to Whine About Moving Prisoners to Thomson Correctional Center

Those lovable chickenhawks over at National Review have a serious problem with Obama’s decision to move Guantanamo inmates to a little-used state prison in Thomson, Ill. Why? Mostly because they’re convinced that these isolated, likely abused people will all of a sudden summon uncanny kung-fu/escape/espionage skills (thus far concealed; it’s all part of their devious plan, you see) and bust out of a facility that’s being upgraded to "beyond supermax:"

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How Long Can We Afford to Botch Afghanistan?

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New Pew Poll on Afghanistan Shows Dwindling Support for the War

The results of a new Pew poll on Afghanistan are both contradictory and befuddling, effectively channeling two principal characteristics of a war that will likely become the United States’ most snarled foreign policy conundrum of 2010.

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Stop GOP Hooligans From Stalling Health Reform

Capping off a summer of cacophonous "town hell" meetings, armed threats and race baiting, South Carolina GOP Rep. Joe Wilson's "You lie!" exclamation was yet another example of the desperate sensationalism that has become the right's raison d'être.

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Can We Afford To Talk About Health Reform Without Talking About Afghanistan?

Few would challenge the assertion that health reform and the war in Afghanistan dominate the political agenda du jour/month/year. Both issues affect Americans profoundly and in mass quantities: forty seven million U.S. citizens are uninsured, and that number is likely to rise to 52 million by 2010. One in three families will experience a loss of health care at one point or another.

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Call Chevron to Account for Its Assault on the Amazonian Ecosystem

To say that Chevron (formerly Texaco) has unleashed an environmental hell in the Ecuadorian Amazon would be a gruesome understatement.

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