Just after BP’s Macondo Well blew out in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, I wrote an oped for the New York Times.

The history of American oil spills is the history of the environmental movement. …Since the Santa Barbara spill of 1969, and the more than 40 Earth Days that have followed, Americans have increased by two-thirds the amount of petroleum we consume in our cars, while nearly quadrupling the quantity we import. Effectively, we’ve been importing oil and exporting spills to villages and waterways all over the world.

That lead to my giving a TEDx talk about the Political Chemistry of Oil. Here’s the video.

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