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Congressional investigators looking into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill found that BP and three other oil companies had filed “oil spill safety response plans” for the gulf that made reference to protecting walruses. The problem is that “there aren’t any walruses in the Gulf of Mexico and there have not been for 3 million years,” as Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) pointed out.
Markey, chairman of the energy subcommittee interrogating the oil bosses, turned to Exxon Mobil’s Rex Tillerson. “How can Exxon Mobil have walruses in their response plan for the Gulf of Mexico?” the chairman inquired.
“It’s unfortunate that walruses were included,” the CEO answered.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated number of genetically modified mosquitoes released since 2012 to combat dengue and chikungunya:
In Brazil, a herpetologist reported seeing a male black-and-white tegu copulate with a dead female. “I felt a sense of wonder,” he said.
Florida state officials announced plans to patrol Palm Beach County four to six times a month in order to kill five-foot-long lizards that are presumed to be responsible for a drop in the population of feral cats and the disappearance of a number of Dachshund puppies.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”