Chat with Gregor Macdonald about the BP oil spill

June 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Contributed by: Chris

I had a fun, freewheeling chat with my friend and fellow energy analyst Gregor Macdonald yesterday, which was broadcast today on the Abnormal Returns show on Gregor and I chat about energy frequently and thought it would be good to share one of our conversations with the public. In this episode, we talk about some of the implications and larger issues around the BP oil spill. (And yes, it was my idea to open with a music bed of “Only The Beginning.”) Video below the fold.

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1 Comment

  1. I tried to get through all of this, but I think a little tighter on the edits and intro would be better.

    Chris makes one observation that kind of rattled me: we “cant live with it, can’t live without it”. Is that actually true, or do we just believe it to be true?

    I do think the overall concept that we’re simply not equipped, as a species, to think about longer-term issues is at the heart of matters, here. Our reaction to BP is absurdly simplistic, trumped only by our failure to recognize and respond actively to the the bigger picture.

    Perhaps instructive: I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, and in the US, at least, we somehow managed to completely stifle nuclear power. The same kind of thing seems to be going on with coal now. Do we solve problems only through irrational response to supposed fears (and not rational response to real ones?).

    Good content here.

    Comment by Tom Harrison — June 26, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

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