The Gulf Oil Spill, One Year Later

Hosted by

One year ago tomorrow, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and starting a gusher of oil that spilled 4.4 million gallons of oil until it was finally capped after almost  four months. But after reviewing the lack of reforms in Washington and the Gulf states, and with gasoline prices on the rise, the Miami Herald concludes that the largest oil spill in US history "looks more and more like just a big bump in the road in the drive to drill deeper in the Gulf of Mexico." There are economic and cultural devastation, made worse by scientific uncertainty over how bad the damage is and whether it still might get worse. We hear about food safety, environmental destruction, tourism, and whether BP and other industry giants are meeting legal and moral responsibilities. 

Credits

Guests:
Ben Casselman - FiveThirtyEight - @bencasselman, Ian MacDonald - Florida State University, Harry Shearer - Political satirist - @theharryshearer, Katie Howell - Greenwire, Melanie Driscoll - Audubon Society

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Karen Radziner, Katie Cooper