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Sign of the times No. 1:  Texas Tech University is offering the first U.S. PhD in wind science and engineering.

Sign of the times No. 2:  Fate of the world video games predict that global warming will send the world to hell in a hand basket in the next century.  It’s based on climate models developed by Myles Allen, who heads the University of Oxford’s climate dynamics group.

Sign of the times No. 3: The US is suing BP for the Gulf oil spill.

The defendants named in the lawsuit include:

•                BP Exploration and Production Inc.;

•                Anadarko Exploration & Production LP;

•                Anadarko Petroleum Corporation;

•                MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC;

•                Triton Asset Leasing GMBH;

•                Transocean Holdings LLC;

•                Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc.;

•                Transocean Deepwater Inc.; and

•                QBE Underwriting Ltd./Lloyd’s Syndicate 1036.

In the complaint, the United States alleges violations of federal safety and operational regulations, including:

•                Failure to take necessary precautions to secure the Macondo Well prior to the April 20th explosion;

•                Failure to utilize the safest drilling technology to monitor the well’s condition;

•                Failure to maintain continuous surveillance of the well; and

•                Failure to utilize and maintain equipment and materials that were available and necessary to ensure the safety and protection of personnel, property, natural resources, and the environment.

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