Sunday, 8 August 2010

Bye-bye oil spill! And maybe an apology Mr Obama?


You have to wonder don’t you?

In a humiliating climbdown, the Obama administration conceded the 'vast majority' of the oil that gushed into the ocean from the ruptured well has already gone. The rest, it says, is probably so diluted, it doesn't appear to pose much of a threat.

Ooops! Not much of a spill really:

Yes, the spill killed birds — but so far, less than 1% of the number killed by the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska 21 years ago. Yes, we've heard horror stories about oiled dolphins — but so far, wildlife-response teams have collected only three visibly oiled carcasses of mammals. Yes, the spill prompted harsh restrictions on fishing and shrimping, but so far, the region's fish and shrimp have tested clean, and the restrictions are gradually being lifted. And yes, 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.

So will Mr Obama and all the eco-nutters apologise to BP? Somehow I doubt it.


1 comment:

JuliaM said...

You'd have thought they would realise that, after all the fuss with the Exxon Valdez in Alaska (a similar 'ecological nightmare' that came to nothing), the public would see through the hysteria, wouldn't you?