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Happy anniversary, BP.

It has been exactly one month since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig started a full-force environmental crisis. And yet, officials still have no effective solution to stop the oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, and we are no closer to an organization (whether it be BP, Transocean, Halliburton or the Minerals Management Service) owning up to the responsibility of the spill.

To learn what we have learned during this month, check out Public Citizen Energy Program’s blog, and especially Tyson Slocum’s post today on the one-month anniversary.

As an anniversary gift, how about a solution? No need for a gift receipt.

If we don’t get a solution, BP can consider itself sleeping on the couch, as we gain support in our boycott against the oil company. Sign the petition. Join the Facebook group. Tell a friend.

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Nobody can say it quite like Jon Stewart. The man has a gift for pointing out the absurd and capitalizing on it, granted, sometimes for a cheap laugh.

The absurdity he highlighted in last night’s episode focused on the oil spill in the Gulf — discussing plans to stop the oil from pouring into the water, and trying to pinpoint who is responsible for the spill and the aftermath. (WARNING: Stewart’s humor is a bit risque in this clip.)

Here are the plans to stop the oil geyser: Top hat. Hot tap. Are these solutions or anagrams, Stewart asked. Next up, the junk shot. (You can use your imagination on Stewart’s take of the solution.) But yeah, let’s throw golf balls, debris and other waste at the well, hoping to clog it up. Seriously.

As for accountability, was it BP? No, they only leased the rig. Was it Transocean? No, concrete blocks failed, not them. Who made the concrete blocks? Halliburton. The list goes on and on.

Now, it’s We, the People’s turn to hold BP accountable. Public Citizen urges drivers to boycott BP and fill up elsewhere. Join the Facebook group, sign the petition and tell your friends!

(Full disclosure: Joe Newman promised me a penny for every person who joins the Facebook group, 1,000,000 Strong to Boycott BP. That means if a million people join, I get $10,000. If you don’t do it for the environment, do it for me!)

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Workers pulled out of the Gulf of Mexico when BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded last month were greeted by employees from the drilling contractor Transocean with waivers stating that they were not injured in the explosion.

The waivers required workers to state what they were doing at the time of the explosion and state that they were not witnesses to the incident requiring evacuation.

One worker, Chris Choy, told PBS News Hour that “I had been up for almost 40 hours, and just gone through hell. And they want to throw papers in my face for me to sign to take them, you know, out of their responsibility.”

Public Citizen has already pointed out serious problems with BP’s safety record, showing that it repeatedly put workers in dangerous situations.  Just last year, OSHA issued the largest penalty ever – $87.4 million – for failing to fix violations for which it had previously been cited.

But despite multi-million dollar penalties from multiple agencies, BP continued to put its workers in danger.  Last week, Senators Rockefeller and Byrd introduced two amendments to the financial reform bill that would make BP and other companies accountable to shareholders and the public for workplace safety violations.  These amendments would require disclosure of workplace safety violations in a report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Lena Pons is a policy analyst for Public Citizen.

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