Sunday, 1 August 2010

Hyperbole Fail: Oil spill fails to live up to it billing.

As if often the case with these things, it appears our oil slick is not quite the disaster the eco-freaks were telling us:

The sea's warm surface and oil-munching bacteria have dissipated the slick to such an extent that a planeload of journalists had to fly for an hour before their pilot could find a patch of oil. His relief, according to one reporter on board, was comparable to the anxious captain of a tourist boat spotting a distant pod of dolphins.

It turns out that the playful sea mammals, like other creatures, suffered much less damage than was forecast. A grand total of three dead dolphins covered in oil have been recovered by wildlife rescue teams. The spill has so far killed less than one per cent of the number of birds claimed by the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska in 1989.

It’s still a mess but it puts the hyperbole from some folk into context. Just leave it to the mushrooms guys!

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