Good analysis from an impressive range of sources, covering environmental and economic impacts of the spill itself. The article doesn't touch the oil industry, though, or the consumer demand driving offshore drilling and, arguably, leading to this mess.
Analytical piece about the Deepwater Horizon accident. The article's main point is that it is too soon to gauge the ecological and economic impact of the disaster. While some links are provided, overall sourcing is poor, making it difficult to verify the accuracy of the statements the analysis is based on. This is rather surprising as providing references for a news analysis piece should be fairly simple these days...
The sky might not be falling and the Gulf of Mexico is certainly not a pristine body of water, granted, but this is an ecological and economical disaster. While certainly too early to tell, not knowing how much oil is gushing out daily, how to keep it from spreading or how to successfully contain the oil and stop the leak doesn't really make me feel any better.
I do agree that under the current circumstances it is too early to tell what the final score will be; however, it is logical ... More »
the writers use some expert opinions and history to counter the 'worst case scenario' often seen/heard in the media about the long-term effects of the oil spreading offshore louisiana. they make the point, using previous spills, that there are a number of variables which mean that the damage can't be totally predicted at this point. what's missing in this reasonable, optimistic perspective is a discussion of a likely level of damage even if the most positive outcomes become reality.