Oil Is Not the Only Mess in the Gulf of Mexico

June 28th, 2010

By Dan Miller Based on the various media accounts I’ve read it’s a mess, reminiscent of Robert Heinlein’s little ditty, “When in danger and in doubt, Run in circles, scream and shout!” The danger and the doubt are certainly present — probably as much of the latter as of the former, and the screaming and […]

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Please Stop Calling It a Spill!

June 21st, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor My almost-five-year-old daughter knocked over her glass of milk the other night at dinner. The result? A small puddle of milk on and under our kitchen table otherwise known as spilled milk. My wife’s and my reactions? “Oops. You spilled your milk. Oh well, accidents happen. Let’s clean it up.” With […]

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Gulf Clean-up Solutions

June 19th, 2010

By Tom Carter As noted in an earlier article, the actor Kevin Costner started a company 17 years ago with his own money to develop equipment that could separate oil from water.  The problem was, he couldn’t generate any interest either in government or private industry. Looks now like that may be changing.  According to […]

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The Day After

June 16th, 2010

By Larry Ennis I intended to write something yesterday before the President made his Oval Office pitch. After all the efforts put forth by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, I was expecting more. I knew the President would use the Gulf catastrophe to put forth his energy tax/cap-and-trade agenda. After the obligatory shot at […]

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Katrina and the Oil Spill

June 13th, 2010

By Tom Carter Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are very different kinds of disasters.  However, there’s one glaring similarity — both showed that government can’t do everything.  Sometimes it can’t do very much at all.  At best it’s reactive, especially in the face of large-scale natural disasters.  At worst […]

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