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Big Oil’s Chernobyl

Oil from the Deepwater Horizon explosion continues to spread across the fragile marshlands and coastal waters along Louisiana, coating thousands of birds and fish in crude and upsetting the Gulf’s delicate ecosystem. Now, even as BP officials say they are siphoning as much as 10,000 barrels of oil a day from the blown-out well, there is evidence that the slick may reach Florida and Texas. And the Coast Guard has said the clean-up could continue into the fall.

To get a sense of the long-term environmental impact, as well as the political fallout of the disaster, Need to Know’s Jon Meacham sat down with Carl Safina, president and co-founder of the Blue Ocean Institute. Safina says the Deepwater Horizon disaster may be the end of Big Oil as we know it.

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