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When Will We Have the Last Oil Spill?

The latest incident comes as the fossil-fuel industry heads into a terminal decline.

Perhaps the first serious shadow to fall on the oil age came in the winter of 1969, after a blowout on a well, six miles off the coast of Santa Barbara.

  • Bill McKibben
  • The New Yorker

At least two million gallons of crude coated beaches and killed everything, from gulls to sea lions, and the resulting uproar fuelled the first Earth Day, in 1970, and also the first broad environmental laws in the…

Half a century later, oil has again coated the beaches of Southern California, this time from a ruptured pipeline near Newport Beach.

Fortunately, the quantities aren’t as large—current estimates are some hundred…

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