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Motorville by Patrick Jean

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Genius animation tells the story of a society addicted to oil

Talented director Patrick Jean, whose "Pixels" short set the 'net on fire a few years back, has another hit on his hands with this one. "Motorville" is an allegorical tale of an American city addicted to oil. Animated in Google Maps, the city goes on a quest across the world to find oil in order to feed its body, made of streets, highways and freeways. Packed with lots of fun details, the VFX......read more

The Pacific Northwest in the 1970s

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Fascinating photos of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska during the height of the energy crisis

In 1971, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency embarked on a project to document the state of America's environment in images. With 15,000+ images, the Documerica Project [previously] is an important record of American life in the 1970s, before environmental legislation like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act came to be. The Atlantic's In Focus recently hosted a week of Documerica......read more

David LaChapelle: Land Scape

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Scale models of refineries bathed in magical light

David LaChapelle, best known for his vivid, surreal fashion photography, ventures into landscape art in his latest series of works, simply called Land Scape. The collection is made up of two related sets of works, Refineries and Gas Stations, both of which feature handcrafted scale models constructed of recycled consumer detritus. Included among the array of materials are hair curlers, drinking......read more

Record Renewable Energy Demand in 2013

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Then again the same can be said for oil and coal, according to benchmark report

Global demand for renewable power continues to grow, with clean energy accounting for a record 2.7 percent share of overall energy consumption in 2013. You might want to hold the applause, however, since both coal and oil also saw demand grow in 2013, according to BP's annual statistical review, an industry benchmark. Demand from renewable energy sources, including wind and solar, rose to a......read more

Gulf Coast Braces For 'Massive Environmental Disaster'

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President Obama arrives in Gulf region as giant oil slick begins lapping at vulnerable shores.

With bad weather hampering efforts to hold back the massive oil slick growing off the Gulf Coast, U.S. President Barack Obama called the situation a "massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster," promising that his administration will do everything it can to stop it and clean it up. President Obama made his remarks from Venice, La., where he arrived yesterday to survey......read more

The Schwitchinator

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Schwarzenegger ends backing for offshore drilling.

Even though expanded drilling operations off the Santa Barbara coastline could have created $100 million dollars in California revenue, Governor Schwarzenegger has switched positions and no longer supports drilling expansion. This is one of the more positive responses to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is shaping up to be the worst in American history. If a Republican......read more

How to Reduce Your Oil Footprint

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A few simple ways to effect change.

In the wake of last week's catastrophic oil spill, still growing in the Gulf of Mexico, many people are feeling helpless as to what they can do in their personal lives to stop supporting offshore oil drilling and the use of oil in general. Fortunately, our everyday lifestyle and purchasing decisions matter. We as individuals have the power to help reduce our country's reliance on oil,......read more

Oil Spill Update

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Containment box succcessfully installed as oil slick reaches Lousiana islands.

As the first slicks of oil have officially made landfall, British Petroleum is lowering a four story box over the leak, and using pipes to channel the oil up to a processing ship. This operation is extremely difficult due to the fact that the oil is leaking from about a mile underneath the surface. If it is successful, it will greatly reduce the approximated 200,000 gallons a day that are......read more

Oil Spill Blame Game

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BP, Transocean, and Halliburton execs grilled about 'cascade of failures' at Senate hearings.

In Washington on Tuesday, executives from BP and its drilling partners were grilled by Senators about their companies' involvement in the Gulf Coast oil disaster. The Senate energy and environmental committees set out to figure out how it happened, and who is responsible. BP, Transocean, and Halliburton executives were taken to account by lawmakers for the "cascade of failures"......read more

Good News, Bad News from the Gulf

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Scientists discover giant plumes of crude underwater, as BP engineers successfully divert gushing oil away from well.

In Louisiana, mixed news from the frontline of the catastophic oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine scientists have found a giant plumes of oil coagulating deep under the surface of the water, raising concerns that the spill might be a lot larger than originally estimated. There are three or four plumes, including one reported by the New York Times to be "as large as 10 miles long, 3......read more

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