Thursday, July 29, 2010

BP Spill Huge Hype-Fest

The MSM hyped the tragic aspects of the BP oil leak as "the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced," [OOPS, that was the ZERO, AKA POTUS
#44]. Of course, no one really listens to Obama any more except Joy Behar and her intellectual equals [down there at the 80 IQ level].
The obnoxious anti-environmentalist Rush Limbaugh has been a rare voice arguing that the spill — he calls it "the leak" — is anything less than an ecological calamity, scoffing at the avalanche of end-is-nigh eco-hype.
Well, Limbaugh has a point. The Deepwater Horizon explosion was an awful tragedy for the 11 workers who died on the rig, and it's no leak; it's the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. It's also inflicting serious economic and psychological damage on coastal communities that depend on tourism, fishing and drilling. But so far — while it's important to acknowledge that the long-term potential danger is simply unknowable for an underwater event that took place just three months ago — it does not seem to be inflicting severe environmental damage. "The impacts have been much, much less than everyone feared," says geochemist Jacqueline Michel, a federal contractor who is coordinating shoreline assessments in Louisiana.

Time Mag's article linked above does more than ungraciously give Rush Limbaugh credit for being right when everyone else was howling at the moon, it basically pulls the rug out from under the pious frauds like Anderson Cooper and Brian Williams who've been whining adenoidally for months about an ecological Armageddon. Whereas honest scientists have a different perspective:
scientists have warned that the oil could accelerate the destruction of Louisiana's disintegrating coastal marshes — a real slow-motion ecological calamity — but so far, assessment teams have found only about 350 acres of oiled marshes, when Louisiana was already losing about 15,000 acres of wetlands every year. The disappearance of more than 2,000 sq. mi. of coastal Louisiana over the past century has been a true national tragedy, ravaging a unique wilderness, threatening the bayou way of life and leaving communities like New Orleans extremely vulnerable to hurricanes from the Gulf. And while much of the erosion has been caused by the re-engineering of the Mississippi River — which no longer deposits much sediment at the bottom of its Delta — quite a bit has been caused by the oil and gas industry, which gouged 8,000 miles of canals and pipelines through coastal wetlands. But the spill isn't making that problem much worse. Coastal scientist Paul Kemp, a former Louisiana State University professor who is now a National Audubon Society vice president, compares the impact of the spill on the vanishing marshes to "a sunburn on a cancer patient."

Back to Katrina, and the ultimate cause of the disaster that hit the Big Easy. Time Mag eventually discovered that after two years of investigative journalism [remember what that used to be?], FEMA was the fall guy and the real villain was the US Corps of Engineers. Of course, anyone familiar with New Orleans politics and the crooked Democratic crime wave {Cong. Jefferson's "cold cash," anyone?] that has been running the sub-sealevel disaster waiting to happen knows that the Corps was suborned by the crooked Dem pols, over decades of kickbacks and subletting projects to their cronies, that eventually made the city vulnerable.

It was the discredited MSM, the same that refused to investigate a completely inadequate Dem candidate in '08, which in '05 made the Bush Administration the Fall Guy, instead of the Democrat crooks and liars who ran the city for nearly a century.

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