Blowout in the Gulf

Blowout in the Gulf

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Freudenburg, William | Gramling, Robert MIT Press, 2011
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When Deepwater Horizon, a massive oil-drilling rig leased by BP, exploded in April 2010, it killed 11 people and released more than 200 billion gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The ecological disaster was exacerbated when BP had difficulty stopping the flow of oil and was slow to clean up the mess. William R. Freudenburg and Robert Gramling use the incident as a launching pad to explain its causes, tell the history of the oil industry, detail many of BP’s past infractions, and discuss more than a century of political policy and corruption. Blowout in the Gulf aims to stimulate a demand for change in political policies that currently favor the oil industry and oil dependence, and to encourage Americans to reduce their consumption of petroleum products and services.