When I turn on Mr. Computer every morning, I am hit with a barrage of e-mails, tweets, and Facebook messages from people who want me to read important articles that they link me to. It’s a little overwhelming, and I often don’t have time to get to a lot of them.
However, some really are mandatory reading, and those are the ones I share with you. For example…
Here are several Facebook messages that Hugh Kaufman, senior policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, sent me within the past 12 hours or so:
Remember folks. under the law, BP has to pay natural resource damages for the mess they created. The BS WH Report, that falsely claims that 75% of the oil is gone, will be used by BP to save billions of $ in penalties.
Hmmm. This case is looking more and more crooked every day.
Hmm, the NYT doesn’t know why the folks in the Gulf aren’t jumpin’ up and down about the WH lies saying 75% of the oil is gone. That’s because they are smart enough to see and smell the oil and dead fish in their Gulf neighborhoods.
Maybe if they had gone to an ivy league school, they would know that the WH and the main stream media are right, and their eyes and noses are lying.
Tomorrow’s WashPost is reporting that the scientists who worked on the BS White House report are disowning it and saying its BS.
CLEAR water, in the Gulf, where people swim and seafood is caught, contain loads of toxic chemicals from the BP oil spill, that will be around for a long time:
Each kind of chemical in the crude oil responds to tides, currents, saltiness of the sea water, and natch, chemistry, in different ways, Anderson says. “Tracking them all down is like chasing bees from a smashed hive, they go every which way possible.”
Complicating the search for the chemicals is the amount of dispersant, about 1.84 million gallons, applied to oil from the leak. The dispersant has done its job, acting like dish soap on bacon grease, congealing the oil into tiny droplets that microbes can begin eating. “That means they are in the food chain.” Short says. “Whether people will want to swim or eat food from water that looks clear but has high concentrations of (toxins) will be interesting,” she says.
Another open question is the issue of photo-enhanced toxicity from the chemicals, says Short, a former NOAA scientist who worked on the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill’s aftermath. In the marshes, oil may be cleaned from foliage and end up buried by Mississippi mud, where it ends up near the roots of growing plants. “The toxins get inside the surfaces of cells and release oxygen in response to sunlight,” he says, burning up the plants from the inside. Mangrove swamps in Panama were hit hard by this reaction after a 1986 spill, and the effects are still seen today, according to Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution scientists.
And then my own “DeepwaterThroat”, Barkway, linked me to this, via Mother Jones:
You get the idea.