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Drilling down: Conversations on the Gulf oil disaster

The relentless oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has stymied engineers and policymakers, and left residents along the Louisiana coastline feeling frustrated and powerless. As the crisis raged on, innovators from the world of technology, entertainment and design gathered in Washington, D.C., this week for the TEDxOilSpill conference, a special event on ideas and innovations in affiliation with the nonprofit organization TED.

Need to Know host Jon Meacham sat down with three of the top presenters at the conference: Lisa Margonelli of the New America Foundation, oceanographer David Gallo of Woods Hole, and “explorer-in-residence” at the National Geographic Society Dr. Sylvia Earle. The panel discussed whether the oil spill in the Gulf could be a turning point in American energy policy.

For more on the TedxOilSpill conference, you can watch a First Look clip of Jon Meacham’s interview with Lisa Margonelli, on whether offshore drilling should be banned. Also, Need to Know has a new interactive feature that visualizes the oil spill in five-day increments.

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