Blowout in the Gulf: The BP Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Energy in America by William R. FreudenburgBlowout in the Gulf: The BP Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Energy in America by William R. Freudenburg

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

byWilliam R. Freudenburg, Robert Gramling

Paperback | February 10, 2012

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The story of how a chain of failures, missteps, and bad decisions led to America's biggest environmental disaster.

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 the University of California, Santa Barbara. Robert Gramling is Professor of Sociology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The late William R. Freudenburg was Dehlsen Professor of Environmental Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara....
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Title:Blowout in the Gulf: The BP Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Energy in AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.62 inPublished:February 10, 2012Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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The story of how a chain of failures, missteps, and bad decisions led to America's biggest environmental disaster.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. An extremely timely and important offering from two of the world's preeminent environmental scholars. Accessibly written for a wide audience, Blowout in the Gulf is both a brilliant analysis and an indictment of the energy-growth machine that gave us one of the signal environmental assaults of our time.