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Achenblog: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

No magic bullet in gulf spill

Just a quick bulletin. There's bad news from the gulf: The containment dome that had been lowered onto the largest leak has been sidelined by methane hydrates, which are have collected in the top of the dome and clogged it....

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 8, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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Could you bomb the gulf oil well?

Gosh I got a lot of ideas that never quite make print. Good ideas, bad ideas, ideas that make your skin crawl -- they run the gamut. The other night I had a notion, and this may have come after...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 6, 2010; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (351)
 
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More worst-case scenarios in gulf oil spill

So. Yesterday I wasn't so sure about that Loop Current thing. Today it sounds like more of a sure bet. A lot of this is based on modeling by Robert Weisberg, a University of South Florida physical oceanographer who has...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 4, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (208)
 
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Gulf oil spill to reach Atlantic seaboard? [Updated]

Gradually learning the jargon here. Like, the Subsea Oil Recovery System is nothing more or less than a giant steel container, inverted, with mudflaps, and they're going to lower it onto the major leak, which is at the end...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 3, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (283)
 
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Deepwater oil spills and the limits of government

We're conditioned, politically, to become indignant when government authorities fail to act quickly to save us from disaster and calamity. Where's the cavalry, we say. George W. Bush discovered this during Katrina, and now some pundits are skewering the Obama...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 2, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
 
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