Archive for June 21st, 2010

Dems Try to Profit Online from Joe Barton’s BP Apology

If Rep. Joe Barton’s apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward was “a political gift” to Democrats, as Rahm Emmanuel put it, the Dems are working to make sure that it’s a financial gift — and one that keeps on giving. After Barton’s most impolitic statement at last week’s Capitol Hill hearing on the Gulf oil spill, the party was quick to jump online with a plea to fund TV ads against Republicans “sympathetic” to the petroleum giant. Key point: that Republican victories this Fall could put Barton in charge of the House Energy and Environment Committee, making him the legislative gatekeeper on environmental regulation. Besides the inevitable online petition, Gibbs tweet and DNC fundraising email, the DCCC has also run Facebook Ads to the tune of 20 million impressions per day, no doubt hoping for a secondary branding effect in addition to any direct click-throughs to the petition/fundraising page. Thanks, Joe! Hope that case of foot-in-mouth disease clears up soon…but not before November.

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A Powerful (and Frightening) Look at the Disappearing Louisiana Coast

The oil spill may be an ongoing tragedy in the Gulf, but Louisiana’s coast was in danger of disappearing for a long time before the Deepwater Horizon well was a gleam in BP’s eye. For years, a combination of levees on the Mississippi, land subsidence, the extension of a vast network of canals through the coastal wetlands, invasion by non-native species and sea level rise have conspired to sink the state at a rate of a football field’s worth of land lost PER HOUR. How?

Glad you asked, since the staff at the legendary New Orleans Times-Picayune has put together a clear and concise visual explanation of how the Mississippi River created the place we call Louisiana, and how our changes to the river system are destroying it. Check it out, or read more from Epolitics.com about social media and the BP oil spill.

The disappearance of Louisiana's coast

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