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Unformatted text preview: lear that the spill stemmed from corporate malfeasance, and could have been prevented. Were another event of a similar magnitude to occur due to the US’ ideological refusal to engage with Cuba due to an antiquated Cold War policy, the political fallout could be even more disastrous. Drilling is currently banned off the Florida coast, and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Jeff Bingaman has expressed concern that the continuing USCuba imbroglio might prevent the countries from responding properly in the event of a spill. It would take only a few days for an oil slick to reach the Florida Keys, an area characterized by coral reef (almost half of which has already died) and mangroves – these shallow areas are particularly vulnerable to oil spills. The embargo currently prevents the two containment services companies operating in the Gulf from dealing with such an event and, while exemptions to the embargo are available, the urgency required to deal with such a spill rendersthis procedure impracticable. The US Department of Justice is currently investigating whether Repsol coul...
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2013 for the course DEBATE 101 taught by Professor None during the Summer '12 term at University of California, Berkeley.
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