Dave Gilson

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Dave Gilson is a senior editor at Mother Jones. Previously, he has worked for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and the Northern California bureau of the New York Times.

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"God Help Us All!": Photos From the Gulf Coast

| Wed Jun. 2, 2010 1:03 AM EDT

MoJo reporter MacMcClelland is back on the Gulf Coast reporting on the oil disaster. She's tweeting and sending back photos from the road. Here are some visual highlights, read her full post here.

Another seafood shack shut down from the spill.

On the way back to Grand Isle, Louisiana. Residents painted this mural for Obama's visit.

This roadside sculpture pretty well encapsulates local feelings.

Grand Isle graveyard: "In memory of all that is lost, courtesy of BP and our federal government."

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Hollywood to the Rescue?

| Tue Jun. 1, 2010 6:48 PM EDT

As hopes of a Hollywood ending to the BP oil disaster have all but faded, AP reports that Avatar director James Cameron has met with federal officials to offer his help in terminating the leak. No, he's not proposing a junk shot of useless Avatar merchandise. Rather, according to the UK Telegraph, Cameron has already offered BP use of some of his private submersibles, big toys inspired by his big-budget bathtub epics The Abyss and Titantic. Meanwhile, Waterworld survivor Kevin Costner has gotten a surge of positive buzz for his Ocean Therapy device, a centrifuge that cleanses oil-contaminated water; BP is reportedly testing the invention. Who's next, Sting?

Certainly, BP could use all the help it can get. Beyond the failed top kill and flimsy containment barriers, there have to be more ideas out there for a last-ditch effforts to stop, contain, or clean up the spill. BP says it's already received more than 7,800 ideas via its suggestions hotline and a special page on its disaster response website. InnoCentive, a crowdsourcing project linked with NASA and the Rockefeller Foundation, has issued a challenge to innovators to come up with bright ideas ASAP. Even if the vast majority are worthless or wacky (like the notion of nuking the leak into oblivion), there ought to be a couple solid ideas in there. Let's see what happens—and then figure out why these plans weren't on oil-industry and regulators' drawing boards years ago. 

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Timeline: The Gulf Oil Disaster

| Fri May 28, 2010 12:23 PM EDT

A lot has happened in the month since BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, sunk, and caused the worst oil spill in US history. To help keep track of the events, we've put together a handy timeline of the disaster and some of the history behind it, from BP's green rebranding effort to the Mineral and Management Service's record of lax oversight. It's a work in progress, so check back for the latest developments and more background info in the days ahead. Slide along the timeline using the scroll bar on the bottom; zoom in and out using the slider on the left side. Or view a full-screen version of the timeline here.

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What Should BP's New Logo Look Like?

| Wed May 26, 2010 2:38 PM EDT

Needless to say, BP has been having a spot of image trouble lately. Taking notice of this, Greenpeace has asked for ideas to redesign BP's "slick green logo" and is posting the submissions on Flickr. They're getting some good ones. Some notable entries:

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