Nothing has changed since 1979. Encouraging, huh? Including the part about the competition among politicians over who’s more pro-drilling. To use the technical term, WTF?
The crisis managers need crisis managers.
Thank you, Rachel Maddow, for summing up the continuing oblivion so well. So many seem to have lost interest in the devastation caused by this disaster, and as you have, we’ve been trying to keep it alive here.
That we are even considering moving ahead with the Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline is mind-boggling. It would be “game over” for the climate, as has been pointed out repeatedly. It’s time to invest in renewable energy sources, green energy, safe energy.
We need to recreate the sense of urgency that we had back in 2010, because, incredibly, people just aren’t feeling it any more, or they’ve chosen to ignore or forget the catastrophic consequences of the oil volcano to human, plant, and sea life. “It’s as if BP never happened,” as Rachel reminds us in the video.
It’s time to lengthen short attention spans, or we’ll be shortening lives. Or as I like to call it, being pro-life.
Yesterday I posted Congress gets a D grade for failing to enact legislation responding to the BP oil disaster. Dylan Ratigan takes it from there.
I’ve written endlessly about Big Oil’s quest for more-more-more, and of the the toxic, and lasting, effects the BP oil disaster has had on Gulf residents, sea life and wildlife, and how little press it’s gotten.
So it was good to see the Ratigan show devoting a segment to the documentary “The Big Fix,” a film that warns us that the BP oil disaster is far from over.
AP confirms that with their latest post, “2 years later, fish sick near BP oil spill site.“
So why is it again that President Obama and so many other public officials think drilling more is part of the solution to our energy woes? EzKool has more.
And how about that Tar Sands Pipeline, folks?
Just the other day I posted “Please consider not swimming in the Gulf of Mexico” which informed us that, per scientists, “oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill is still causing damage in the Gulf two years later”. Hugh Kaufman (senior policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response) sent the link to me, and it is a must-read.
As I said in that post, I’ve written endlessly about the toxic, and lasting, effects that the BP oil disaster has had on Gulf residents, sea life and wildlife, and how little press it’s gotten.
Well, today there was a little more press about the Deepwater Horizon explosion, but this time it was an L.A. Times article about Congress’s failure to do what it needs to do in order to prevent another one. After two years, here’s where we are:
The report [from members of a presidential panel, the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling] cited significant progress by the Obama administration and the oil industry, giving them a B and a C+ grade, respectively, for their efforts to bolster safety, spill response and resources. Congress, however, got a D grade for its inability to “enact any legislation responding to the explosion and spill.”
The panel reports that Congress has yet to pass legislation “requiring the offshore oil and gas industry to bear the costs of federal oversight through fees on leasing and permitting reviews.” Not only that, but the recommended $75-million liability cap for offshore oil disasters still needs to be increased. By a lot.
The report goes on to say that more safeguards are badly needed. Why would that be?
In the last 10 months, “at least three offshore oil and gas rigs around the world have experienced significant leaks, demonstrating again and again how risky this activity is,” the report said. “Risks will only increase as drilling moves into deeper waters with harsher, less familiar environmental conditions.”
No surprise there, but who cares, right? Drilling, baby, drilling takes precedence over trivial things like destroying the earth.
There’s another real threat of catastrophe: the equipment that would handle a “spill” may be too far away and there is “limited assurance of an operator’s ability to respond to a sub-sea blowout.”
Feel safer yet?
Sens. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) blamed, you guessed it, gridlock:
“A bipartisan majority in the Energy Committee and the full Senate would be happy to pass common-sense legislation addressing new production, safety and a fair share of revenue for the affected states,” they said. “Unfortunately, a small number of senators are opposed to engaging in a debate that includes revenue sharing.“
Once again, obstruction is the culprit, and the health and well being of those who are represented by “a small number of senators” are not the priority. Profits are.
Please read “Oil from Deepwater Horizon spill still causing damage in gulf 2 years later, scientists find”. Hugh Kaufman (senior policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response) sent it to me in an email, and it deserves to be widely read.
I’ve written endlessly about the toxic, and lasting, effects that chemical dispersant has had on Gulf residents, sea life and wildlife, and how little press it’s gotten. If it weren’t for Hugh, I’d have never seen the Tampa Bay Times article. I hope this gets around, because it is alarming, to say the least:
…Tiny globs of it, mingled with the chemical dispersant that was supposed to break it up, have settled into the shallows, mingling with the shells, he said. When Kirby shines his light across the legs of a grad student who’d been in the water and showered, it shows orange blotches where the globs still stick to his skin.
“‘If I had grandkids playing in the surf, I wouldn’t want them to come in contact with that,’ said Kirby, whose research is being overseen by the University of South Florida. ‘The dispersant accelerates the absorption by the skin.’…
It gets worse:
[B]iologists are finding signs of lingering — and perhaps growing — damage throughout the gulf, from the bottom of the food chain to the top [...]
When scientists examined the sturgeon that swam upriver last year, they found “significant levels” of DNA fragmentation in the 300-pound fish that could have been caused by exposure to the oil spill, said wildlife service chief investigator Glenn Constant.
“It can lead to a number of abnormalities, such as cancer, tumors, challenges to their immune systems,” Constant said. Reproduction could falter, too, he said.
As always, my friend Hugh Kaufman (senior policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response) is one of my best sources for all things BP, and this time, he linked me to this:
(Reuters) – BP Plc accused Halliburton Co of destroying evidence that the oilfield services company did inadequate cement work on the Gulf of Mexico oil well that blew out last year, and asked a federal judge to punish Halliburton. [...]
Citing recent depositions and Halliburton’s own documents, BP said Halliburton “intentionally” destroyed the results of slurry testing for the well, in part to “eliminate any risk that this evidence would be used against it at trial.”
And thank you for playing Corporate Polluters Eating Their Own.
Hugh Kaufman (senior policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response) one of my best sources and someone I consider a friend, appeared in the movie “The Big Fix” and was one of the people providing technical expertise (along with Jacque Cousteau’s son, Riki Ott, and others) on the environmental and public health impacts of the BP disaster.
He keeps me posted on all things environmental, and I want to return the favor by introducing you to the film. The official website is here.
This particular clip is a must-see:
Enjoy your next shrimp dinner.
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