TEDxOilSpill

  • June 28, 2010
  • Washington, D.C.

TEDxOilSpill engaged tough questions raised by the 2010 environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. Topics included mitigation of the spill and the impending cleanup efforts; energy alternatives; policy and economics; as well as new technology that can help build a self-reliant culture.

See also coverage at asla.org.

Speakers

Ronald Atlas

Microbiologist for the Exxon Valdez cleanup

Elizabeth Coffman

Filmmaker, Long Distance Productions

Darron Collins

World Wildlife Fund

Philippe Cousteau

CEO, EarthEcho International

Casey DeMoss Roberts

Gulf Restoration Network

Reid Detchon

Vice President for Energy and Climate, UN Foundation

Sylvia Earle

Oceanographer

John Francis

Founder, Planetwalk

David Gallo

Ocean explorer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Jim Geringer

Former governor of Wyoming

Saul Griffith

Co-founder, Low Cost Eyeglasses, Squid Labs, Potenco, Instructables.com, HowToons & Makani Power

Ted Hardin

Filmmaker, Long Distance Productions

Wolcott Henry

Photographer

David Johnson

Professor, American University

Christen Lien

Violinist and composer

Amory Lovins

Chairman, Rocky Mountain Institute

Lisa Margonelli

New America Foundation
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The political chemistry of oil: In the Gulf oil spill's aftermath, Lisa Margonelli says drilling moratoriums and executive ousters make for good theater, but distract from the issue at its heart: our unrestrained oil consumption. She shares her bold... More

The political chemistry of oil: In the Gulf oil spill's aftermath, Lisa Margonelli says drilling moratoriums and executive ousters make for good theater, but distract from the issue at its heart: our unrestrained oil consumption. She shares her bold plan to wean America off of oil -- by confronting consumers with its real cost.

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Mike Mendez

Sapphire Energy

Phil Radford

Executive director, Greenpeace USA

Carl Safina

President, Blue Ocean Institute
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The oil spill's unseen culprits, victims: The Gulf oil spill dwarfs comprehension, but we know this much: it's bad. Carl Safina scrapes out the facts in this blood-boiling cross-examination, arguing that the consequences will stretch far beyond the... More

The oil spill's unseen culprits, victims: The Gulf oil spill dwarfs comprehension, but we know this much: it's bad. Carl Safina scrapes out the facts in this blood-boiling cross-examination, arguing that the consequences will stretch far beyond the Gulf -- and many so-called solutions are making the situation worse.

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Jackie Savitz

Senior Scientist, Oceana

Jigar Shah

Founder, SunEdison

Andrew Sharpless

CEO, Oceana

Susan Shaw

Marine toxicologist, author and explorer
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The oil spill's toxic trade-off: Break down the oil slick, keep it off the shores: that's grounds for pumping toxic dispersant into the Gulf, say clean-up overseers. Susan Shaw shows evidence it's sparing some beaches only at devastating cost to the health of the deep sea.

The oil spill's toxic trade-off: Break down the oil slick, keep it off the shores: that's grounds for pumping toxic dispersant into the Gulf, say clean-up overseers. Susan Shaw shows evidence it's sparing some beaches only at devastating cost to the health of the deep sea.

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Leroy Stick

Humorist, @BPGlobalPR

Mike Tidwell

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

TEDxOilSpill is part of the TEDx series of events.

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