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  • Going green has made sense for many companies in the past years, and the proven benefit to the bottom line has begun to sink in gradually as companies battle tarnished reputations (BP, Goldman Sachs) and distrust in the marketplace. Suddenly, sustainability and going green are popular.

  • Heavy oil pools along the side of a boom just outside Cat Island in Barataria Bay.

    It seems unthinkable, even now, that the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could bring down the mighty BP. But investment bankers get paid to think the unthinkable — and that is just what they are doing. The New York times explains.

  • Simulated oil splatter on a BP gas station sign in Manhattan, New York.

    With no consensus among experts on how much oil is pouring from the wellhead, it is hard, if not impossible, to assess the containment cap’s effectiveness.  The NYT reports.

  • Boone T. Pickens

    It's possible that the current oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico could last a year, said oilman T. Boone Pickins, citing similar leaks.

  • Offshore supply vessels assist and observe the worksite of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

    A machine known as the Voraxial Separator uses force to pull apart oil and water that have mixed together and could be helpful in cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico spill.

  • Video still of oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    As officials reported a gradual increase in the amount of oil being captured from a spewing wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, BP said it plans to replace the cap collecting the crude with a slightly bigger device next month.

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    BP is trying to defend its corporate image with a major ad campaign after causing the largest oil spill in US history. The campaign includes a TV commercial featuring BP CEO Tony Hayward apologizing for the environmental disaster and explaining to viewers what the company is doing to repair the damage. The campaign has been met with mostly criticism.

  • Oil blobs wash ashore in Pensacola, Florida.

    Few have yet to grasp the potential damage claims that are yet to come from millions of people who live well beyond the immediate impact zone in the Gulf states.  The Loop Current and hurricanes will spread the mess far and wide.

  • Businessman

    There's oil in the Gulf. Markets are tanking.  Unemployment remains high. The US is engaged in two wars and there are other trouble spotsw intensifying. Today, we want to know if you think the United States is in a rut. Share your opinion in our poll.

  • Tony Hayward, BP Group Chief Executive

    BP, already bedeviled by an out-of-control oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, now finds itself with one more problem: Tony Hayward, its gaffe-prone chief executive. The NYT reports.

  • Contract workers patrol the beach to pick up oil that washed ashore on a public beach on June 2, 2010 in Dauphin Island, Alabama. Oil believed to be from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident began to appear yesterday on the shores of Alabama.

    BP cap collects  at least 6,000 barrels of oil in its first 24 hours of use, but crude from that busted underwater oil well is showing up in greater quantities and farther east along the Gulf's once pristine white beaches.

  • A contract worker patrol the beach to pick up oil that washed ashore on a public beach on June 2, 2010 in Dauphin Island, Alabama. Oil related to the Deepwater Horizon accident began to appear yesterday on the shores of Alabama.

    President Barack Obama said Saturday that he will stand with Gulf Coast residents "until they are made whole" from the oil spill catastrophe.

  • off shore oil rig

    Billion-dollar oil rigs are starting to see a tremendous amount of financial strain due to the enormous amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Daryl Carpenter demonstrates how ordinary hay can be used to remove oil from water.

    A Florida contractor demonstrates how hay could be an effective way of soaking up some of the oil from the BP well spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Tony Hayward, BP Group Chief Executive

    BP's CEO Tony Hayward is trying to put the best spin on the spill, targeting the American public and investors. Is Hawyard doing enough to fix the problem? Share your opinion in our poll.

  • Simulated oil splatter on a BP gas station sign in Manhattan, New York.

    Anger over the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is spilling into streets as protests are organized at BP’s offices and gas stations around the country.

  • Crisis in the Gulf

    In spite of theories that BP may not survive the financial after-effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill,  a securities attorney told CNBC Thursday  he believes the oil giant has the fiscal resources to do so.

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    A microbial product called HTP, derived from peat moss, could  "literally eat the oil" in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the CEO of a company that sells it.

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    There are more tech gadgets available than ever before, and many of them are going into your car's dashboard. Should they? Share your opinion in our poll.

  • Contract workers from BP ferry oil soaked waste to a pickup point as other workers use skimmers to clean oil from a marsh near Pass a Loutre on June 1, 2010 near Venice, Louisiana. Earlier in the day, U.S. President Barack Obama called the Deepwater Horizon accident the 'greatest environmental disaster of its kind in our history.'

    The chatter began weeks ago as armchair engineers brainstormed for ways to stop the torrent of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico: What about nuking the well?  The NYT reports.