First book on Gulf disaster criticizes BP safety shortcuts

10/19/10 Seán Kinane
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Tomorrow is the six-month anniversary of the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The first book on the BP oil disaster has been released. It’s called In Deep Water – The Anatomy of a Disaster, the Fate of the Gulf, and How to End our Oil Addiction. It is co-authored by Peter Lehner, the executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Tomorrow, on the six-month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, we will bring you the second half of this interview where Lehner talks about how American consumers are partly to blame for the disaster, and how the country can begin to wean itself off its oil addiction.


In Deep Water

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Previous WMNF coverage of BP oil disaster

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No Tax for Tracks

ROB; Listened to your excellent “transportation” program. It never ceases to amaze me how the minimally informed seem to know all the answers. In fact their understanding of issues is seriously hampered by the “no” tactic, no matter what the issue du jour. The worst thing that Hillsborough County could do in this election is nothing, essentially defeating the rail referendum. Such an outcome will only relegate the Tampa Bay region to the backwaters of the western world, and render this region unable to compete with the rising star in the east, China, or other industrialized nations who have the wisdom and the foresight to be proactive rather than reactive in the field of transportation. It is no accident that Tampa Bay is rated right up there with Detroit for its dismal transportation systems, because both have no viable option to the rubber tired vehicle! Those that bother to inform themselves about alternatives to rubber tired vehicle transportation systems know that it is not possible to build enough highways to accommodate the need. That is why so many places around the nation are investing in alternatives to highways – Salt Lake City, Charlotte, Phoenix, Austin, Dallas, Virginia in suburban Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Nashville, Miami, ad infinitum! That is also why California has forsaken new highways in favor of alternatives to the rubber tire; Los Angeles had the foresight to invest in one of the best public transportation systems in the nation, with subways, light rail, heavy rail, and bus rapid transit [BRT]. It is no accident that west coast states have some of the best rail service in the nation, because they understood the writing on the wall about the folly of rubber tire obsession. BRT is in the TBARTA plan, but it will never work without dedicated highway lanes, which is not a viable option anywhere in the Tampa Bay region [without significant infra-structure investment] due to this regions’ political obsession with rubber tired vehicles. To declare that rail is not a viable alternative because the rail infra-structure has a maintenance backlog of $78-million is disingenuous, at best. That backlog is mostly in Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, and it is the direct result of Republican efforts to starve Amtrak out of existence by under-funding the nation’s only passenger rail system [more tax money is invested in highways than in nearly all of Amtrak’s history]. That $78-million is a drop in the bucket of the total backlog of all infra-structure needs in this nation, all of which have been ignored by government across this land; that bill is now due and still politicians ignore it. In the 19th & 20th centuries, this nation invested heavily in transportation and other emerging technologies to become the industrial wonder of the world, with the largest middle class in human history. To oppose this nation’s impending transportation dilemma on the basis of no new taxes is the epitome of folly! We will languish in the doldrums while the rest of the world recovers economically and moves into the 21st century.

I Vote No

That's all well and good but when it's your money to spend, then you can make the decisions. As it happens, it's not your decision --it's mine. And I vote NO! No new taxes! Bring back the Golden Age of the Car!