BP’s Self-serving Report Shifts Blame and Shirks Responsibility

New information is coming to light about the causes and consequences of the oily gulf disaster.  Despite the positive ads full of promises, BP’s own report about the causes of the Gulf oil disaster tells a tale of impatience and incompetence.   The company is positioning itself for a legal defense of it being only partly to blame – shifting the responsibility to other companies and the U.S. government.  These other parties clearly did play a role.   But this really is a symptom of a larger social and institutional pattern that make disasters like this one more likely in the future.    To help understand and anticipate disasters that will occur in the future, this BLOG post also reviews a very important book – The Next Catastrophe” by distinguished sociology professor, Charles Perrow.
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Surveys Reveal the Broad Scope of Negative Socio-Economic Impacts from the BP Oil Spill

The impacts of the BP Oil Spill on individuals, businesses, and communities will take a long time to become fully realized.  Recent survey research helps to document the broad  scope and scale of these impacts.  Understanding what people are going through will be vital for targeting assistance efforts to mitigate the negative economic and social impacts.  This information should also be helpful as lawsuits are launched against BP and other companies.  The stories collected here point to the kinds of questions that need to be answered through careful social science research.
Click below to read results from a variety of surveys.

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Many Gulf Businesses and Communities Won’t Fully Recover from Oil Spill’s Impacts

The news for gulf coast residents and businesses continues to get worse, as BP’s broken oil well continues to gush.  It is now becoming clear that many communities will face unprecedented damage to their social and economic fabrics. Some of the most direct and dramatic impacts will involve lost tourism and damage to the fishing industry.  The oily gulf will also permanently damage whole ways of life and leave many area residents drifting without a life jacket. 
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Jimmy Buffett Speaks Out and Stands Up for His Gulf Home and Our Heritage

Truly successful and socially conscious musicians create and perform great music — not just to do well (make money) but to also do good (help the world)Jimmy Buffett has consistently displayed a strong and deep connection to and conviction for the oceans and the Gulf coast.  This ethic is conveyed to his fans in a credible and creative manner. Sunday (July 11, 2010 @ 7:00 EST) Jimmy’s rescheduled Gulf benefit concert will be carried live on CMT.  He recently gave a wonderful interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN (watch it here.)  He also has opened up his long-planned hotel in Pensacola, Florida. Read about his sister’s successful restaurant (LuLu’s) and the surprise show he plays.  Also included are some of his most relevant lyrics and quotes.

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Oil Spill Means Long-term Trouble for Mental Health and Community Well-being

The oil spill in the Gulf is directly threatening millions of people in terms of their mental health and ability to earn a living as they have for generations.   Lessons from other disasters (especially the Exxon Valdez oil spill and Hurricane Katrina) show dramatic increases in all types of social psychological problems (e.g., depression, violence, substance abuse.)  This BLOG post combines a number of articles about these important topics.  Particular attention is paid to the impacts on families from coastal fishing communities and their traditional way of life. 
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