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Run to Failure

BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Lustgarten, Abrahm

(Book - 2012)
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Two decades ago, British Petroleum, a venerable and storied corporation, was running out of oil reserves. Along came a new CEO of vision and vast ambition, John Browne, who pulled off one of the greatest corporate turnarounds in history.BP bought one company after another and then relentlessly fired employees and cut costs. It skipped safety procedures, pumped toxic chemicals back into the ground, and let equipment languish, even while Browne claimed a new era of environmentally sustainable business as his own. For a while the strategy worked, making BP one of the most profitable corporations in the world. Then it all began to unravel, in felony convictions for environmental crimes and in one deadly accident after another. Employees and regulators warned that BP’s problems, unfixed, were spinning out of control, that another disaster—bigger and deadlier—was inevitable. Nobody was listening.Having reported on business and the energy industry for nearly a decade, Abrahm Lustgarten uses interviews with key executives, former government investigators, and whistle-blowers along with his exclusive access to BP’s internal documents and emails to weave a spellbinding investigative narrative of hubris and greed well before the gulf oil spill.

Baker & Taylor
Discusses how the CEO of British Petroleum, John Browne, helmed one of the greatest corporate comebacks in history only to have it fall apart due to deadly accidents and environmental crimes, culminating in the Deepwater Horizon disaster--

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It was Big Oil's nightmare moment, and the dominoes began falling years before the well was drilled.
Two decades ago, British Petroleum, a venerable and storied corporation, was running out of oil reserves. Along came a new CEO of vision and vast ambition, John Browne, who pulled off one of the greatest corporate turnarounds in history.

BP bought one company after another and then relentlessly fired employees and cut costs. It skipped safety procedures, pumped toxic chemicals back into the ground, and let equipment languish, even while Browne claimed a new era of environmentally sustainable business as his own. For a while the strategy worked, making BP one of the most profitable corporations in the world. Then it all began to unravel, in felony convictions for environmental crimes and in one deadly accident after another. Employees and regulators warned that BP’s problems, unfixed, were spinning out of control, that another disaster—bigger and deadlier—was inevitable. Nobody was listening.

Having reported on business and the energy industry for nearly a decade, Abrahm Lustgarten uses interviews with key executives, former government investigators, and whistle-blowers along with his exclusive access to BP’s internal documents and emails to weave a spellbinding investigative narrative of hubris and greed well before the gulf oil spill.

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The Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico in spring 2010 was almost inevitable, claims author Lustgarten, winner of the George Polk Award for environmental reporting. He describes BP's reckless approach to safety and environmental issues, fatal and disabling accidents, and meager payoffs to victims and their families over the past 20 years, all under the leadership of BP's John Browne. The author draws on interviews with BP executives, government investigators, and whistle blowers, plus access to BP internal documents and e-mails. He warns that BP has not significantly changed its actions. The book includes b&w photos. The author has been awarded by the Society of Environmental Journalists for his investigative writing on BP. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Discusses how the CEO of British Petroleum, John Browne, helmed one of the greatest corporate comebacks in history only to have it fall apart due to deadly accidents and environmental crimes, culminating in the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Discusses how the ambitious CEO of British Petroleum, John Browne, helmed one of the greatest corporate comebacks in history only to have it fall apart due to deadly accidents, felony convictions and environmental crimes, culminating in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c2012
ISBN: 0393081621
9780393081626
Branch Call Number: 363.1196 L
Characteristics: xvi, 384 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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I suspect the Deepwater Horizon "accident" was BP orchestrated industrial sabotage...intended to drive up the spill liability cap (the amount of available cash an oil company has to have before they're allowed to drill...it covers costs in case a spill occurs. A drastically increased cap will drive all smaller drillers out of business in the USA (and eventually, probably, all around the world)....and BP can by up their incredibly valuable drilling leases). Read the book...and maybe you'll understand why I suspect that. John Browne had an ice-cold heart...and a love for handsome, young male escorts! "What do John's preferences have to do with it?" you might ask. Well, nothing, except, I consider anal-sex to be a severely abusive type of behavior...and I find myself wondering: if John was willing to do that to handsome male escorts for pleasure, what would he be willing to do to handsome male drilling-rig crewmembers for billions and billions of dollars in annual profits added to BP's treasury?

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