Nov. 17, 1934: James M. Inhofe
is born in Des Moines, Iowa. Inhofe, a U.S. Senator representing Oklahoma, has referred to climate change as "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people."
Nov. 17, 1997:
The Hibernia oil platform
, in the middle of the historically-rich Grand Banks fishing grounds in the Atlantic off Newfoundland, strikes oil. The find raises economic hopes for Newfoundland, still reeling from the collapse and closure of its main fisheries, but also raises concerns about offshore oil safety. Fifteen years earlier, the Ocean Ranger rig toppled in a fierce winter storm, killing all 84 aboard.
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