July 6, 2010 – Guest Tom Bowman Climate Change Communication & Narrative Strategies – “Leading to a Climate of Hope”

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July 6, 2010

louisThe Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill or the Macondo blowout) is a massive ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, now considered the largest offshore spill in U.S. history. Some estimates placed it by late May or early June as among the largest oil spills in the world with tens of millions of gallons spilled to date. The spill stems from a sea floor 10,000 foot deep oil gusher (MC252) that followed the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion. The explosion killed 11 platform workers and injured 17 others. The gusher, now estimated by the quasi-official Flow Rate Technical Group to be flowing at 20,000 to 40,000 barrels (840,000 to 1,700,000 US gallons; 3,200,000 to 6,400,000 litres) of crude oil per day, originates from a deepwater wellhead 5,000 feet (1,500 m) below the ocean surface. The exact spill flow rate is uncertain in part because BP has refused to allow independent scientists to perform accurate measurements and is a matter of ongoing debate. The resulting oil slick covers a surface area of at least 2,500 square miles (6,500 km2), with the exact size and location of the slick fluctuating from day-to-day depending on weather conditions.

tombowmanGuest Tom Bowman is one of the premier interpreters of global change, climate and energy science, and green business strategies. He is a social entrepreneur, adviser, communication strategist, and science interpreter. As President of Bowman Design Group, he led award-winning climate exhibition designs for the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences and Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

pattributePat O’Brien has over 40 years of experience in radio/ TV news, advertising and marketing. He experienced such success with Burger King Corporation that his reputation led to being sought after by Wendy’s to consequently help develop the “Where’s the Beef” campaign in 1983. He worked for two of the top three advertising agencies in Florida, managing 100’s of advertising account budgets. As a broadcast professional, he has worked in TV and radio news, and hosted many talk radio programs and worked for Clear Channel Communications providing news to 55 radio stations in Florida. Mr. O’Brien has worked diligently for the last ten years to learn the Indoor Air Quality & Surface Protection Industry. O’Brien made the decision to start a company to fight the “Cross-Contamination of Infectious Diseases” including MRSA, AIDS, E. coli, Salmonella, and over 100 viruses following a fight for his life after he contracted and survived MRSA while in a Florida hospital as a result from a simple blood test. Mr. O’Brien formed AirTech Solutions 4u, Inc. a Sub-Chapter “S” 90% Disabled Vietnam Veteran Owned Florida Corporation in October of 2006. Mr. O’Brien’s firm became dedicated to helping reduce disease in Haiti by 85% after the devastating earthquake when he discovered that monies promised to the people of Haiti were not being awarded to companies for the recovery effort. He became suspicious that generous donations and promises of government relief efforts were somehow being prevented from quickly aiding the recovery of that nation. At approximately the same time, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf occurred. Within a day after the disaster, one of his product vendors called him and said they had an environmentally-safe product that could solve the oil issue. In trying to introduce this product to BP Corporation, he again felt he was being stonewalled first by BP, and then by Deepwater Horizon. This led him on an investigative trail that uncovered that the dispersant product BP continues to use in the Gulf of Mexico is a very toxic product to humans and the delicate ecosystems of the Gulf. As the story continued to unravel concerning the plight of the Haitians mixed with the untold complexity surrounding the Gulf oil spill, unanswered questions slowly began to link many of the unanswered questions that the mainstream media was not exposing. As fortune would have it, he had the opportunity to work with David Gibbons to further develop the story as a journalist. Since the disaster that robbed the souls of eleven in the Gulf, Mr. O’Brien has dedicated himself to find answers and solutions to the BP spill. As he and his research team discovered and verified that the dispersant product being used by BP is a poison that had been banned for use in the UK since 1998, he felt an obligation to reveal their findings to the world by joining the David Gibbons “In Discussion” program. Mr. O’Brien obtained his B.S. degree from Ithaca College in Broadcast Communication Management.

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