Summary of Blowout in the Gulf

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

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Blowout in the Gulf book summary
Oil on troubled waters: a hard-hitting, provocative indictment of the oil industry and US energy policy...

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Authors William R. Freudenburg and Robert Gramling are college teachers, and if you have a chance to take their classes, enroll right away. Professors of environmental studies and sociology, respectively, they are very informative, and they base their conclusions on well-reported facts. Their book links US energy policy to oil politics, corporate performance, risk management, and the technological and geological problems that led to the US’s largest peacetime offshore oil spill. The professors cover the oil industry’s history and the energy debate in a single, tightly packed volume, including significant accidents, their causes and the paltry penalties companies – especially British Petroleum – paid. The book contends that oil companies wield too much power over prices, policy and the environment. getAbstract considers this vivid story about these tremendously powerful, hugely profitable companies to be essential reading.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What led to the 2010 British Petroleum drilling platform accident in the Gulf of Mexico
  • How the oil industry has used politics throughout its history
  • How US policies profited the oil companies – but couldn’t prevent environmental disaster
 

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Destroying Oil
Contemporary oil drilling began in the United States in 1859 and the nation provided more than half of the world’s oil supply until 1953 when legislation first permitted ocean drilling.. Over time, finding and retrieving oil became increasingly challenging. Offshore platforms...
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About the Authors

William R. Freudenburg is an environmental studies professor at the University of California. Robert Gramling is a sociology professor at the University of Louisiana.


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