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Blowout in the Gulf by William R. Freudenburg and Robert Gramling

Blowout in the Gulf

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Blowout in the Gulf by William R. Freudenburg and Robert Gramling
Feb 10, 2012 | ISBN 9780262294089

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For a comprehensive and systematic walk-through of how the BP spill played out before, during, and after the Macondo blowout, this book’s a good pick. Exploring the technical side of things without sacrificing readability, the authors explain the disaster in its social, political, and scientific contexts.—Green Life (Sierra Club)

For readers interested in knowing more about events leading up to the spill, Blowout in the Gulf provides a solid description of what is now known. The authors examine the technology, geology, management decisions, and regulatory actions involved, and they also provide enough background for general readers to digest these specifics.

Times Higher Education

Here is a full accounting of BP’s many previous accidents and violations—the company was the worst in the industry for its safety-sacrificing cost cutting. Freudenburg and Gramling also tell the story of the corporation’s first incarnation as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company in 1909 and how it became British Petroleum in 1954. Science, commerce, and the politics of oil are all newly illuminated here, accompanied by invaluable explanations of the risks of offshore drilling and a pragmatic look at the energy conundrums we now face.


In this intelligent and refreshingly readable—f 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 aftermath….Readers interested in energy crisis, peak oil, environmental and climate change issues will appreciate the straightforward analysis and will hope this important book finds its way into the hands of policy makers.

Publishers Weekly

The authors make solid points about the way the U.S. government has allowed big oil companies to march into public waters, about how the much-admired interstate highway system contributed to a fateful boom in U.S. oil consumption and about the way Americans ravenously consume oil and gas today.

The Washington Post

An excellent book for seminar courses on energy. Highly recommended.


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