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The plant would have been one of the industry’s first commercial-scale facilities.
But BP’s “top kill” method to stanch the spill could also break it wide open.
The disaster exposes overreliance on blowout preventers that has been long disparaged by insiders.
Forget ethanol: it’s hard to transport and gives bad mileage per gallon. Another alcohol, butanol, is a much better renewable fuel, says the president of BP Biofuels.
Safety upgrades are critical but could mean higher prices for oil and gas.
BP’s chief scientist, Steven Koonin, says cutting greenhouse emissions will take major changes.
Microbes may have eaten away at BP’s oil in deep water; now the marshland needs help.
Newly discovered methane hydrate reserves deep in the ocean show promise for mining.