What the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Means for You and the Future of American Energy

In this special University Lectures presentation, a distinguished group of panelists will explore the questions raised by the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and its long-term impacts. The spill was caused by the explosion of British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig on April 20. The explosion caused hundreds of millions of gallons of oil to gush into the Gulf of Mexico unabated for more than three months, causing the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Panelists from a range of disciplines—such as environmental, social and geographic—will explore the impacts of the disaster that will linger for years to come even though the oil has stopped flowing. Will the spill ultimately have an impact on the broader issue of climate change?  What will the impacts be on Gulf Coast residents for years to come? These questions and more will be explored.

The panel conversation will be moderated by National Public Radio Science Correspondent Joe Palca.

Panelists include:

Lee Clarke
Professor of sociology, Rutgers University

Kishi Animashaun Ducre
Assistant professor of African American Studies, Syracuse University

Matt Huber
Assistant professor of geography, Syracuse University

Christopher Scholz
Professor of earth sciences, Syracuse University

The panel presentation is sponsored in cooperation with the Office of the Chancellor and the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science.