Where’s the Oil Now? What’s the Gulf Worth? The Tough Questions, Answered


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February 7, 2011: We tap into the best and brightest at the National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment in Washington, DC to get answers to the tough questions. An interview with Dr. David Yoskowitz, Chair of Socioeconomics at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, with jaw-dropping statistics on what the Gulf is worth. What we all assumed about dispersants that may be all wrong. And we follow the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling as it goes before Congress.

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The Tough Questions, Answered.

Where's the oil now? What's a Gulf Worth? The Tough Questions, Answered.

Where's the oil now? What's a Gulf Worth? The Tough Questions, Answered.

The National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment in Washington, DC is a who’s who in ocean research and conservation and a chance to really focus on the major issues ahead. If you want tough questions about the Gulf or the oceans answered, this is the place to be.

We hear from:

  • Richard Harris, Science Correspondent, NPR
  • Dr. Edward Overton, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University
  • Dr. John “Wes” Tunnell, Associate Director, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Dr. Charles ?Pete? Peterson, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Marine Sciences, Biology and Ecology,? University of North Carolina
  • Dr. David Yoskowitz, Chair of Socioeconomics , Associate Director, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Dr. Carl Safina, President, Blue Ocean Institute
Panel on Impacts of BP Oil Spill

Panel on Impacts of BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Left to Right: Richard Harris, NPR; Dr. David Yoskowitz, HRI; Dr. Charles ?Pete? Peterson, UNC; Dr. Edward Overton, LSU; Dr. John "Wes" Tunnell, HRI (Photo: D. Guggenheim)

What's nature worth to you? The Ocean Doctor interviews Dr. David Yoskowitz, Chair of Socioeconomics, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies

What's nature worth to you? The Ocean Doctor interviews Dr. David Yoskowitz, Chair of Socioeconomics, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies

Also: Our In-Depth Coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Continues

Our show continues its in-depth coverage of the Gulf oil spill and once again we’re going deep. As promised last week, this week we take you to congress as the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, co-chaired by former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator, Bob Graham and former EPA Administrator, William Riley, has issued its final report and has entered its most crucial phase: Getting Congress to act on its recommendations.

The Commission co-chairs recently testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee. The reception was mixed. While in general the Commission commanded respect, there were attacks, primarily by oil-producing states.

Links:

National Council for Science and the Environment

National Commission on the BP Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

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Blue Ocean Institute

Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Special thanks to the National Council for Science and the Environment and Videofiles, Inc. for their assistance in making this episode possible.

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