Blowout in the Gulf The BP Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Energy in America

ISBN-10: 0262517299
ISBN-13: 9780262517294
Edition: 2012
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Description: On April 20, 2010, the gigantic drilling rig Deepwater Horizon blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven crew members and causing a massive eruption of oil from BP's Macondo well. For months, oil gushed into the Gulf, spreading death and  More...

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

On April 20, 2010, the gigantic drilling rig Deepwater Horizon blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven crew members and causing a massive eruption of oil from BP's Macondo well. For months, oil gushed into the Gulf, spreading death and destruction. Americans watched real-time video of the huge column of oil and gas spewing from the obviously failed "blowout preventer." What was missing, though, was the larger story of this disaster. In Blowout in the Gulf, energy experts William Freudenburg and Robert Gramling explain both the disaster and the decisions that led up to it. Blowout in the Gulf weaves a fascinating narrative of failures, missteps, and bad decisions, explaining why this oil spill was a disaster waiting to happen--and how making better energy choices will help prevent others like it.

The late William R. Freudenburg was Dehlsen Professor of Environmental Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Robert Gramling is Professor of Sociology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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