Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Drowning In Oil - BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit.

The following Book Review has been sponsored by FSB Associates

“My mother had to be identified by DNA because there was not much of her left. She had been severely burned and decapitated during the blast. I will never forget seeing my father’s blood-soaked face with the lines running from his eyes down his cheeks from the tears that he cried before he died. I often wonder what he was thinking at that moment.”

~ Eva Rowe, her parents James and Linda, died in BP’s Texas City refinery explosion in 2005.

WOW!!! This book actually left me speechless. I see now that the “Oil Business” is slimy but it’s not because of the “Oil.” Loren Steffy has done an exceptional job with putting this book together. The title sounds like it could be a bash British Petroleum book. But if you read the book, you will realize that’s not the intent. Steffy gives a documentary style assessment without sounding like a snarky environmentalist. The book gives a thorough background on BP’s humble beginnings to their mega status in the oil game. You also get an understanding of how companies drill for oil in the deep sea. If you never understood the oil business, this is a great book for a quick tutorial. It does take an emotional turn when you hear from the oil workers and their families. All have been changed by trying to get that tricky fossil fuel out of the ground. I hate to sound like a pessimist but we’ll never stop using oil. We are addicted to it like a crack head is addicted to crack. And we are enabled by poor government regulation and an overflow of cash. I don’t think we are really serious about getting “Beyond Petroleum.” I will admit that it is a catchy slogan.


Notorious said...

I am going to check this out. I love history and facts!

Citizen Ojo said...

Notorious - You won't be dissapointed...