Posted by: random.etc13 | April 20, 2014

The Next Big Spill !?!

On Smithsonian.com, I read the article “Breaking Down the Myths and Misconceptions About the Gulf Oil Spill” (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/clarifying-myths-and-misconceptions-about-gulf-oil-spill-180951136/#IrmyQi8cDebHg6Pc.99).

It presents many aspects of the oil spill, plus how the gulf may naturally deal with the oil. It presents a very balanced view of problems and non-problems. However, they cannot tell if there will be long-term effects.

My big problem with this article is how it ends. “We shouldn’t assume that all negative events in the Gulf since April 2010 were the fault of the spill. This not only obscures other potential problems, but also keeps us from fully understanding the impacts of oil spills. Without this understanding, we’ll be ill prepared for the next big spill.”(emphasis mine) As they admit “[w]e still don’t know the long-term effects of the spill”, yet they are preparing for “the next big spill”.

Here’s an idea – how about NOT DRILLING!

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