A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout Kindle Edition
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"Safina offers an impassioned, on the ground chronicle of the 2010 Gulf oil blowout that surpassed Exxon-Valdez to rank as the worst in history. 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." —Publishers Weekly
The blowout was awful, but look at the bigger picture, writes Safina in this illuminating, monitory study: “The real catastrophe is the oil we don’t spill…the oil we burn, the coal we burn, the gas we burn…And as the reefs dissolve and the ocean’s productivity declines, so will go the food security of hundreds of millions of people.”
"Environmentalist Safina brings his signature compassion, marine expertise, and gorgeous writing to his candidly expressive coverage of the Deepwater Horizon disaster a year after the explosion." —Booklist
Praise for previous works by Carl Safina:
Song for the Blue Ocean:
“Engrossing and illuminating . . . passionate and enthralling narrative . . . [A] landmark book.” —New York Times Book Review
“You will never think about fish—or the ocean—the same way again.”
—Sylvia Earle, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
Eye of the Albatross:
“One of the most d...
About the Author
- ASIN : B004J4WL3C
- Publisher : Crown (April 19, 2011)
- Publication date : April 19, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 8846 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 370 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #683,963 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book does a great job of explaining the oil drilling process in layman's terms, without over simplifying things too much. It also delves into how incredibly difficult the work is, and hints at the difficulty of never quite knowing what's going on at the bottom of the hole. The build-up and poor decisions made before the accident are explained well.
Unfortunately, the aftermath is handled less well. . There seems to be an underlying assumption that the big oil companies are inherently evil, rather than the slow moving bureaucracies they actually are. Oil companies think in terms of decades and fast responding and instant decision making are not in their DNA. There is also the feeling that they do not care about the results of accidents like this, and the pollution they cause. I can tell you from personal experience that that is not true, and huge amounts of effort are put into avoiding this sort of situation. I think the book missed the point slightly that they are good at minimising risk, but not good at responding to emergencies.
The preachy tone and the underestimation of just what an incredible challenge it was to crimp off a leaking pipe a mile underwater as quickly as possible left me feeling a bit 'well, what magic would you conjure up to fix this?'
It's a well written book, and an enjoyable read, but it slows down after the blowout is described and gets harder going.