July 7th, 2010
08:49 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil disaster, heat wave, 'climategate'

Gulf oil disaster Interfaith leaders prayed for restoration and renewal of the Gulf of Mexico as they prepared Wednesday for a tour of the oil-soaked marshes, wetlands and rookeries of the Louisiana coast. Out at sea, crews are in the process of connecting the vessel Helix Producer to the ruptured oil well in the Gulf, said the man leading the federal response to the oil disaster. The hookup has been partially completed despite rough seas. The vessel should draw up to 53,000 barrels of oil a day when it becomes operational, newly retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said.

As the attempts continue at sea, a nearly 40-year-old board game is getting a lot of renewed attention because of eerie similarities between the scenarios of its play and the Gulf oil disaster. The game BP Offshore Oil Strike, which came out in the 1970s and is adorned with an old BP logo, revolves around four players exploring for oil, building platforms and constructing pipelines – all in the name of being the first to make $120 million.

Missing girl found alive – Authorities have found a missing 4-year-old Missouri girl and are searching for a mysterious dark-colored car with a loud muffler that may be connected to the abduction case, police said Wednesday. Alisa Maier, whose disappearance prompted an Amber Alert, was found in Fenton, Missouri, about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday (11:15 p.m. ET) at a car wash and taken to a hospital, the St. Louis County Police Department said.

Northeast heat wave A scorching, record-breaking heat wave continues to roast much of the Northeast, with the National Weather Service keeping heat advisories in effect for the region until Wednesday evening. In addition, the service has issued an "excessive heat warning" until 8 p.m. Wednesday for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Trenton, New Jersey; and parts of Delaware. Officials are advising people to stay indoors as the prolonged heat and humidity create a "dangerous situation."

"Climategate" report An independent report into leaked e-mails that appeared to question climate change data is due to be published Wednesday. The review began work in December after e-mails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit were hacked into and published online. Skeptics claimed the e-mails showed scientists had been hiding and manipulating climate data.

The Climate Change E-mail Review has been examining whether there is any evidence of manipulation or suppression of data that is at odds with acceptable scientific practice, and may therefore call any research into question. If you need a primer on "climategate," check out CNN.com's explainer.

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  1. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    July 7, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • qwerasdf

      @BreakingNews

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      July 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jazz

    BBC news headlines(you wont see this in US..because WE are NOT transparent ENOUGH) ..and AIRED on coast-to-coast talk radio CLEARLY STATES that STUDIES indicate that ALL GLOBAL WARMING data is a HOAX. an underwater robot has discovered a volcanoe like rift down there that is causing the ice to melt and that this has been going on for some time. Its is also reported that the 'floe' was predicted to slice off during the mid 1990s. This has been going on for hundreds of years. I personally do not doubt we can go greener, HOWEVER, blaming the world for the sun getting HOTTER or a volcanoe rift cutting into a glacer is UTTER HORSE DUNG.
    Yall know dam better to report, cover, and undermine the worlds intellegence on such BS just to push a (how was it put) HIDDEN AGENDA.

    Im not much for CONSPIRACY THEORIES, but I AM a CONSPIRACY FACT Investigator. I look at stuff I can VERIFY and this is ONE of those things. The study was done in the UK at CAMBRIDGE I believe. Call the radio show if you dont believe me. Call me a LIAR, I dont care. But I DO RESEARCH the FACTS. There is too much BS n WASHINGTON as it is and the last thing the world, let alone NATION needs, is a CONTROLLED ONE-SIDED, SLANTED(as news often is with ANY media source) LIE of MISINFORMATION.

    July 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Smith in Oregon

    Every night, CNN has a duo of angry Louisiana swamp Parish Presidents expressing their anger about the ongoing Oil recovery and clean-up efforts. Unfortunately this totally one sided view is entirely lacking in actually informing the CNN viewers on the background of decades of Louisiana's favoritism to Oil and Gas drilling has been to destroying those same maaarshes previously.

    What the angry Louisiana swamp Parish Presidents are not telling the American public is that since Oil and Gas companys began dredging the marshes for Oil and Gas wells decades ago, Louisiana has lost 2,000 miles of wetlands and marshes.

    Where were those Parish protectors all those years as big Oil destroyed 2,000 Miles of marshes? They along with the Republican Potty'ticians in Louisiana were filling their pockets with Big Oil profits, gifts and favors.

    This year in March 2010 before the Louisiana BP Oil gushing disaster, President Obama began the First comprehensive Louisiana wetlands plan to help repair thousands of miles of Louisiana marshes that already were destroyed before the Louisiana Oil gusher even began. President Obama is the first President to directly address the disappearing marshes in Louisiana due to the dredging for Oil and Gas wells and yet those Louisiana swamp Parish Presidents now appear to be bashing Obama in the face for his efforts?

    It is a complete lapse for CNN to not inform its viewers that extensive wide-scale damage to Louisiana's Maaarshes and Wetlands have occured directly by Oil and Gas exploration in Louisiana long before the latest Louisiana BP Oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Where were these angry swamp Parish Presidents during all the past decades as 2,000 Miles of these same marshes disappeared? They were bellyed up to the Big Oil feed trough.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Rev. Daniel W. Blair

    As we enter one of the most aggressive hurricane seasons on record, I cannot even imagine what a hurricane would do with oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Dealing with oil on the beach is one thing, but what if we had to deal with it in our streets, in our businesses, in our homes? What if we had to rescue humans covered in oil? What if this is no longer isolated to just the Gulf Coast but found its way up the great rivers to our inner cities? Now imagine if you will, the dispersants mixed with oil which could possibly cause untold diseases and catastrophic health hazards of a biblical proportion. It staggers the imagination, or is it prophetic? What if we are dealing with the wrath of God? Please visit my website at http://www.revelation-truth.org Author of Final Warning

    July 7, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Stephen A.

    The email "Climategate" scandal ripped open the inner workings of the Climate Scare Intelligentsia and their flawed logic and faulty reasoning. Any rational scientist will tell you that global climate is still not well understood, and that scientists have NO IDEA exactly what causes climate changes. Further, radical changes have been happening for 4.5 billion years. Taking less than 100 years of data, poorly analyzing it, then claiming to "know" how climate will change in future millennia (and that humans OBVIOUSLY control such climate changes) is the ultimate in hubris. The effects of sunspots, underwater thermal events and many, many more factors are routinely ignored by the 100% Man-Made Climate Change hucksters.

    July 7, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. P.Kaplan

    I have for weeks before the Gulf hurricane season urged our government and the media to hire our own super-tankers, encircle the well at a safe radius (10-15 miles) and pump surface oil onboard to be processed. We must have tanker capacity sufficient to keep up with the flow rate until the well is secured. New Orleans is a deep water port. Now after 80 days does this super skimmer on site really need to be "tested" for the quality of its discharge water? I can tell you now it will not be potable drinking quality. Stop wasting valuable time and put this boat to work. The EPA and other agencies are delaying again because they are in bed with BP. A Whale has completed it's testing off the Pourtugese Coast. BP just does not want to pay for it's use quite yet. When this gusher began the Obama administration refused help from 10 other countries with super tankers. If our response had been immediate the damage to our beaches and wildlife would be minimal.

    The ex-president of Shell Oil suggested this a month ago on CNN but was apparently ignored. The Saudis used super tankers and retrieved 80% of their surface oil. They also knew that the use of dispersants would render the oil unretrievable, nor did they discuss it for 2 months. BP is still using dispersants. The myriad of US agencies involved in this disaster are directionless.......they get in each other's way while dolphins and precious turtles die.

    The Coast Guard could coordinate the super tanker operations instead of counting life jackets. Get the oil off the water now and stop measuring it, discussing it, flying over it, testing, or should we wait for another tropical storm in the Gulf, Sir? The reason the oil is washing ashore is because the tides scatter the rising oil at about 3 mph. By the time the crude surfaces it is far out of sight. The skimmer boats at the well site are useless except at slack tide and are there so BP can claim they are there. They should operate as close to shore as possible to protect the beaches and marshes. Residents hardly ever see them close in...just oil.

    As for our president, I suggest that you deal with this mess Mr. Obama before we ruin an ocean. History will judge this disaster as your legacy because of your failure to act. You are a mere observer motivated by politics. The White House comment line in 202-456-1111 but no one is listening.

    July 9, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse | Reply

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