Top 10 Everything of 2012

Top 10 Everything of 2012

In 55 wide-ranging lists, TIME surveys the highs and lows, the good and the bad of the past 12 months.

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BrendanDeMelle
BrendanDeMelle

Thanks Bryan, what's also scary is how ill-prepared Shell and the oil industry are to deal with a spill in the harsh Arctic environment. Documents recently obtained by Seattle's NPR affiliate KUOW reveal that Shell's oil spill response gear - specifically its containment dome that would be deployed in the event of a well blow-out - failed miserably in tests in the relatively serene waters of Puget Sound.  Why would the Obama administration allow Big Oil to rush into the Arctic without a robust oil spill response system in place?  For more details about the Shell test failure, see: http://www.desmogblog.com/2012/12/03/shell-s-arctic-oil-spill-gear-crushed-beer-can-simple-test-Brendan DeMelle, DeSmogBlog