If he thought a certain Senator was a knucklehead, he called him a knucklehead. In the chess game of our energy needs the king is being chased around the board by an increasingly tightening circle of pawns. After spending a week looking for and at whales and dolphins, it is horrific what we are doing to the ocean. They actually burned the oil at sea and he talks about see His books are always good. Worthy of comparisons to Daniel Yergin's The Prize, and Burrough's and Helyar's Barbarians at the Gate, Drowning in Oil will become the definitive account of the energy industry as the industrialized world nears the age of Peak Oil. These efforts are breaking down. Carl Safina spoke with The Atlantic about the book, released on the one-year anniversary of the blowout, and about recent developments that remind us that this story is far from over.
A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout. Another gauge was showing pressure building. They needed to dispose of it. Safina: That's the impression I have as well. Category: Social Science Author : Judith A.
But there has been no way to get money out of the oil industry to restore or help maintain the marshes that the oil industry has, for 40 years, been helping to shred. That was the first thing. Gorney: Engineering projects have been cutting Gulf wetlands off from sediment brought by the Mississippi River, making them vulnerable to increasingly frequent extreme weather events, like hurricanes Rita and Katrina. This book analyzes the efforts of Westerners to keep the catastrophes outside, while maintaining order on the inside of society. Carl Safina's Blowout provides an extraordinary perspective on it. We may have gotten two out of three. He pulls no punches and did not reign in his anger.
By telling the stories of three working families, Safina goes behind the scenes with fishermen, oystermen, and oilmen whose lives--and habitats--have been irreparably changed. Well, partly because the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 mandated that the government, in fact, develop response technologies, but it was constantly defunded in the budget. However, rather than an unbiased search for answers, such investigations involve strategic efforts by a variety of political actors to define the spill and its causes in ways that lead to their preferred policy solutions. The interviews with shrimpers and fishers and the supporting community members are very moving. One is that I believe that the entire industry is quite chastened from the culture of it being more important to hurry up than to do things safely.
We confront pelicans and other wildlife whose blue universe fades to black. Everyone involved wishes they could wave a magic wand and make it all go away. There is such tangible passion and anger in the author's telling of this event. It will be published on the one-year anniversary of the spill, in April 2011. They are common sense observations that cut through the spin. Your heart goes out to these people. Now we have this increasing desperation to get at much riskier sources of fossil fuels.
Indeed, a catastrophe of one sort or another seems always to be unfolding somewhere on the planet. Written in a clear, conversational style. His account achieves a broad, reasoned perspective that frames events against the more insidious damage that farm and industrial runoff, canal-digging, levee-building, and rising sea level have wrought on the Gulf and its wetlands. S24 2011 082 0 0 a 363. Carl Safina is an unabashed liberal and darn proud of it. Readers will find the book accessible and agreeable…an insightful work. The rig burned for two days and then sank.
Does that mean that another Deepwater Horizon-scale disaster is far more likely than we've thought? Interest groups, public officials, and media organizations have spent considerable time documenting the economic and ecological impacts of this spill as well as the causes of the spill, ostensibly to prevent future disasters of this magnitude. Well, obviously, if that is the last failsafe, it needs to have specifications that are beyond the capacity of any conceivable force of any blowout. By telling the stories of three working families, Safina goes behind the scenes with fishermen, oystermen, and oilmen whose lives--and habitats--have been irreparably changed. I only review books that I really love and there are so many good things to say! Gorney: The Obama Administration imposed a moratorium to renew oversight of deepwater wells, and put new, far stricter, regulatory guidelines in place. Yet you also write of the Gulf's apparent resiliency, the sargassum grass that's coming back, the apparent health of the dolphins now.
And many questions remain about who is at fault, questions that for years to come. This is already killing oysters in commercial hatcheries, making corals grow slower, making corals grow more brittle, and that will, within this century, start to dissolve the corals and the shellfish of the ocean. The information about this devastating spill and how oil spills, drilling, and fossil fuel dependence are inherently devastating to the natural environment and its long-term and permanent impacts on the Gulf of Mexico, its wildlife and flora, and the people who depend on them, was excellent. Written in a clear, conversational style. It all depends on who you talk to. I haven't seen anything like that either. We confront pelicans and other wildlife whose blue universe fades to black.
So, those agencies are separated now, and the oversight is a little bit better. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is among the greatest environmental catastrophes in U. The final chapter offers an insightful discussion of the public administration concepts that constitute the larger context for consideration of emergency management in the United States for more than a century. Dead Dolphins from Gulf But just in time for the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, marine ecologist and writer Carl Safina has come out with a book that tells its story in writing that crackles with energy and passion. While I followed it a high level, he provided a lot of detail. I wanted a diagram when reading the first chapter, but the detailed description of the operations of the rig were appreciated, as was the step by step intricacies of what happened. Safina takes us deep inside the faulty thinking that caused the lethal explosion.
Merry argues that interest groups construct causal explanations long before investigations of policy problems are complete and use focusing events to cast blame for a wide range of harms not directly tied to the events themselves. We basically have very few choices because we have built very few options. But he's not articulating a clear vision that at least half the country, who would be inclined to rally around him, can rally around. He lives in Lazy Point on Long Island, New York. I don't expect that, given the fact that the oil has been getting diluted, and weathering and being metabolized by microbes, that the future effects will be worse than the acute effects were. The conclusions drawn at the end are fairly magnanimous and even-handed- and the eventual thrust of the book is more about our need for and use of fossil fuels than the chain of tragedies which come about because of that need.