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

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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.

About William Freudenburg

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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.
Published February 10, 2012 by The MIT Press. 269 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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In this intelligent and refreshingly readable--if inevitably depressing--expose, Freudenburg and Gramling, professors of environmental studies and sociology respectively, and longtime collaborators and observers of the oil industry, analyze the origins of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and its a...

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For a century, America was the world’s biggest producer — and user — of petroleum.

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