-Though we ridiculed Florida senator Bill Nelson for asking
, not rhetorically, about the obviously influence the oil industry wields at the Minerals Management Service, this report
—with juicy off-the-record quotes from grudge-bearing agency scientists—on the agency's suppression of environmental-impact studies is still genuinely harrowing. The institutional culture goes back at least a decade, but much of the damage done by the agency's drill-happy managers was done in the last year and a half.
-Comically anti-nature Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski (previously) yesterday blocked a vote on a bill that would raise the liability cap for oil companies following a spill. To protect smaller oil companies, she says.
-Oh, and the spill is, probably, so much bigger than previously reported. We're gonna need bigger golf balls.