Unfortunately, not every anniversary is worth celebrating and today, April 20th, is one of them — the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A massive crisis like this impacts everything from the environment to public policy and even the global economy. Which is why, in the aftermath, research universities like the University of California quickly become vital knowledge centers where researchers, policymakers and thought leaders from many different disciplines can come together to discuss solutions for the immediate and distant future.
Over the last year we’ve presented several programs, three from UC Berkeley and a fourth from UC Santa Barbara, that examine different aspects of the oil spill and its impact, and all are available for online viewing and podcast downloading at the links below. And tune in next month for the premiere of a new UC Berkeley program featuring Senator Bob Graham, Co-Chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
Learning Lessons from Disaster? The BP Oil Spill and the Future of Energy in America
The 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico proved to be the worst offshore oil disaster in history. William Freudenburg, Dehlsen Professor of Environment and Society at UC Santa Barbara, examines the factors — political and otherwise — that contributed to the environmental and economic catastrophe.
Rethinking Regulation After the Financial Crisis and the Oil Spill: A Behavioral Approach with Richard Thaler
How best to create laws and institutions to create a prosperous and just society? Noted behavioral economist Richard Thaler considers the public policy implications of behavioral economics, which assumes that both the regulated and the regulators are fallible. In this UC Berkeley Graduate Council talk, Thaler draws on recent events such as the financial crisis and the oil spill as he explores ways to rethink regulation.
Conversations With History: The BP Disaster – Lessons from the Niger Delta
UC Berkeley’s Harry Kreisler welcomes human rights lawyer Oronto Douglas, advisor to the President of Nigeria, to discuss the impact of major oil companies on the ecology and politics of Nigeria. Drawing on his experience as a native of the Niger Delta and a leader of the environmental movement there, Douglas traces the struggle for environmental justice in his homeland and analyzes the problems facing the new President of Nigeria. He also analyzes the BP disaster in the American Gulf Coast and the impact it has had on global consciousness.
And premiering in May:
Oil & Money: The Twin Crises of 2010 (and how public policy can protect our vital interests) with Senator Bob Graham
A two-term Florida Governor with 18 years of service in the US Senate and Co-Chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, Senator Bob Graham addresses the twin crises of 2010–oil and money–in this talk from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.