She’s certainly not trying to court the Wicca vote.
Christine O’Donnell, the Republican Senate candidate for Delaware and a poster girl for the conservative Tea Party movement, launched a new campaign ad on Tuesday with an unsual political admission, stating: “I’m not a witch“.
O’Donnell spoke of “dabbling” in witchcraft over a decade ago in Bill Maher’s show Politically Incorrect and the liberal comedian has been airing clips of her appearances from back then on his current program Real Time with Bill Maher.
Atheists and agnostics may not believe in God or gods but they know a thing or two about them, according to a survey of religious knowledge among Americans released on Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
“On average, Americans correctly answer 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions on the survey. Atheists and agnostics average 20.9 … Jews and Mormons do about as well, averaging 20.5 and 20.3 correct answers,” Pew said. It found Protestants answered 16 correctly and Catholics on average 14.7.
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is unquestionably the biggest spill in U.S. history, far surpassing the Exxon Valdez accident in Alaska in 1989.
But is it the worst environmental disaster inflicted on America?
(PHOTO: An oil-coated Brown Pelican stands on Queen Bess in Bay Barataria near Grand Isle, Louisiana June 14, 2010. . REUTERS/Sean Gardner)
VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters) – BP inched ahead on Thursday with a painstaking attempt to cap its ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and to safely siphon off some of the billowing crude in a high-stakes bid to curtail the 45-day-old deep-sea gusher
The British energy giant’s robot submarines sheared away the oil-spewing well pipe after two days of trying, then began working to lower a containment cap over the jagged hole left on top of the crippled wellhead assembly resting on the seabed.
By Ed Stoddard
VENICE, La. (Reuters) – Robot submarines plying the dark, frigid depths of the Gulf of Mexico made halting progress in BP’s latest bid to siphon off oil belching from its ruptured wellhead, but tar balls and other debris from the spill posed new threats to the region’s shoreline.
While BP Plc inched ahead with its new plan to contain the undersea gusher, the British energy giant saw its battered shares stabilize even as CEO Tony Hayward retreated from yet another public relations gaffe — apologizing for his widely reported remark that “I want my life back.”
By Ed Stoddard
VENICE, La. (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday approved plans to construct several large offshore sand berms that BP Plc will fund to help buffer the Louisiana coast from the giant oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana’s governor said.
U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told BP to pay for the five berms approved by the White House, in addition to one he and the Army Corps of Engineers approved last week. The British energy company later said it supported the six projects and would pay the estimated $360 million cost to build them.
By Ed Stoddard
VENICE, La. (Reuters) – BP Plc overcame a snag in its latest effort to curb the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as the British energy giant’s shares stabilized on Wednesday and parts of the huge oil slick crept near Florida.
The company’s latest plan is to cut away the leaking riser pipe protruding from the ruptured wellhead on the sea floor, then lower a containment cap onto the remaining apparatus to trap much of the escaping oil and funnel it to the surface.
VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday approved the construction of five sand berms that BP Plc will fund to shield the Louisiana coast from damage from a giant oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana’s governor said.
“We have just received word from the White House that they are going to require BP to fund the five remaining segments,” Governor Bobby Jindal said at a news conference.
, June 2 (Reuters) – The White House on
Wednesday approved the construction of five sand berms that BP
Plc (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) (BP.N: Quote, Profile, Research) will fund to shield the Louisiana coast from
damage from a giant oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico,
Louisiana’s governor said.
“We have just received word from the White House that they
are going to require BP to fund the five remaining segments,”
Governor Bobby Jindal said at a news conference.
By Ed Stoddard
VENICE, La. (Reuters) – Robot submarines wielding powerful cutting tools went to work on BP Plc’s latest bid to curtail the flow of oil spewing from its ruptured wellhead as the U.S. government launched criminal and civil probes into the six-week-old disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
The legal steps announced on Tuesday by the Obama administration capped a tough day financially for the British energy company, whose share price was pounded by news of BP’s setbacks in stopping the leak over the weekend.