At least it’s tops according to the Associated Press, which named the BP Gulf oil spill as the year’s No. 1 story. This, even though the predicted apocalypse for the coast’s ecology and economy has yet to materialize. (Well, except for the drilling moratorium the White House imposed through manipulation of scientific opinion — a “man-caused disaster” and “restoring science to its rightful place” two-fer!)
Here’s the AP’s explanation:
The April 20 explosion at a BP-leased rig killed 11 workers and unleashed a deep-sea spill that ultimately spewed at least 170 million gallons of crude into the Gulf. Consequences included devastation for fishing and tourism industries, a huge and costly cleanup effort, a management change at BP, and creation of a $20 billion fund to pay for damages.
The rest of the news wire’s top 10:
2. Health Care Overhaul
3. U.S. Elections
4. U.S. Economy
5. Haiti Earthquake
6. Tea Party Movement
7. Chile Mine Rescue
(The AP’s explanations for the others are at the link above.)
Me? I’d have chosen the elections. The great “shellacking” of 2010 tied into the health-care overhaul, the economy and the tea party movement — as well as the oil spill, to the degree that it undermined the Obama administration’s reputation for competence — and it represents the most compelling storyline that continues into 2011.
– By Kyle Wingfield
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