Today in BP Oil Disaster: Day 49

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  • NPR calls BP's oil catastrophe "A Disaster Worse than Katrina" and illustrates exactly what's at stake for the rest of the country, and what makes our state Our State — including the significance of its wetlands, fishing industries, and their relationships with oil and gas:

    As the Obama administration takes control of this disaster, it must make one critical investment to help the businesses and citizens of this region bounce back: the restoration of the coastal wetlands. The wetlands are the protector and the provider of the New Orleans economy. Doing so also has the added benefit of preserving the billions of taxpayer investments already made to repair the homes, infrastructure and the levee system caused by the other named disaster.

    The people of New Orleans have been working tirelessly to mend their beloved city. As the five-year anniversary of Katrina approaches, the city and all its partners can point to promising efforts to reform the public school system, improve the delivery of health care to the most needy, and make inroads to a highly dysfunctional criminal justice system. The Saints' Super Bowl victory seemed a capstone to a lot of hard work.

  • Speaking of which, the Lombardi trophy is on its way to Plaquemines Parish for some moral support — that is if New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton can let go of it for just a minute.

  • The state, obligated to respond to every e-query, is figuring out how to deal with the series of tubes since it opened itself to the worlds of Twitter and Facebook.
  • Amy Green answers why the disaster won't mean the end of drilling in the Gulf.

    More than 246 million vehicles are on the road today, and the truth is we still are at least 30 years away from electric cars on a scale that would have an impact, said Ebinger, who has served as an energy policy adviser to more than 50 governments. Even replacing a few million cars with electric vehicles is a "long way from getting our dependence on petroleum in the transportation sector ended," he said.

  • BP CEO Tony Hayward opens his mouth at BBC, saying the oil giant has "paid every claim presented to (it)" — except it hasn't:

    For the entire Gulf Coast, BP has paid18,000 out of 37,000 claims, Darryl Willis, the BP vice president overseeing the claims process, said Sunday. BP has denied repeated requests from the state of Louisiana for access to its claims database, but did release a summary that showed the majority of claims in Louisiana, the hardest hit state, are still pending...

    (As for the claims that have been paid, well, read this.)

  • Meanwhile, BP's response so far have set it back about $1.25 billion, not including the multi-million dollar berm plans.

  • For the fourth installment of Pecha Kucha, creative minds will discuss the disaster and ways to help. Speakers have six minutes and 40 seconds to speak, using 20 slides at 20 seconds each. The event is 7 p.m., Thursday, June 10 at 2803 St. Philip St. Admission is $5, and proceeds support the Gulf Restoration Network.

  • Add this to your how-to-help resources: Adopt a pelican (or an egret, heron or duckling) via the International Bird Rescue Research Center.
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