Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The BP Oil Spill Is Harmless

According to Ed Owens, a former Exxon adviser that worked with the clean-up teams during the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Alaska, the BP oil spill is quite harmless:
It's a very, tiny, tiny fraction of what's spilled has actually reached any of the shorelines in the area, which means that the environmental impact in terms of ton he coastal side of it is quite small. Because of the nature of the oil, we expect that the recovery will be very much in a matter of months to a year at the most. We're not talking about years or decades here as has been the case for other spills in the United States.
Of course, what Owens says is contradicted by the opinions of leading environmentalists:
Doug Inkley, a senior scientist at the National Wildlife Federation, warned recently that the more than 2,600 dead birds, mammals and turtles found by BP and the US government could be just the tip of the iceberg. "You could have a (population) crash later because of the failure of many of the young to survive this year," said Inkley. "The impacts on wildlife I expect will last for years, if not decades."
The reason for Owen's optimism in his assessment of the oil spill is that he is on BPs payroll. The BP people apparently think we are so stupid that we will accept any kind of egregious lies that this high-paid hack wants to sell us as his "expert opinion." Every day we get new evidence that BP is not even remorely interested in figuring out how much damage they have done to the planet with their unacceptably irresponsible practices. All they do is doctor photographs and hire liars who will soon start trying to convince us that the spill was actually beneficial to all of us. Of course, nobody is making them pay for the damage they have done, so why not? They will just keep bamboozling the long-suffering public some more.

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