Carl Safina Releases A Sea in Flames, The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout
New book deconstructs the causes and exposes the ecological impacts of 2010’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill
LONG ISLAND, New York, April 19, 2011 — Carl Safina, founder and president of Blue Ocean Institue, is delighted to announce the release of his new book, A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout, a blistering account of the months long, man made disaster that tormented a region and mesmerized the nation.
A Sea in Flames takes us deep into the faulty thinking that caused the lethal explosion, deconstructing the series of calamitous misjudgments that caused the Deepwater Horizon blowout. Traveling across the Gulf to make sense of an ever-changing story and its often-nonsensical twists, Safina expertly:
- Zeroes in on BP’s misstatements, evasions, and denials
- Reassesses his own reaction to the government’s crisis handling
- Reviews the consequences of the leak—and what he considers the real problems
Based on extensive research and interviews with fishermen, coastal residents, biologists, and government officials, A Sea in Flames has some surprising answers on whether the blowout was “Obama’s Katrina”, whether the Coast Guard was as inept in its response as BP was misleading, and whether this unintended release of oil was really the worst ecological disaster in America’s history.
Impassioned, moving, and even sharply funny, A Sea in Flames is ultimately an indictment of America’s main addiction. Safina writes: “In the end, this is a chronicle of a summer of pain—and hope. Hope that the full potential of this catastrophe would not materialize, hope that the harm done would heal faster than feared, and hope that even if we didn’t suffer the absolute worst—we’d still learn the big lesson here. We may have gotten two out of three. That’s not good enough. Because: there’ll be a next time.”
About the Author
Carl Safina is the founder and president of the Blue Ocean Institute. He was recently named by Audubon magazine among the leading one hundred conservationists of the twentieth Century. His books have won him a Pew Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Medal, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He’s been profiled by The New York Times and on Nightline and Bill Moyers Journal. Safina has also appeared on The Colbert Report, NPR, and CNN. He has helped lead campaigns to ban high-seas driftnets; rewrite U.S. fisheries law; use international agreements toward restoring tunas, sharks, and other fishes; achieve a United Nations fisheries treaty; and reduce albatross and sea turtle drownings on commercial fishing lines. He lives in Lazy Point on Long Island, New York.