Thursday, July 29, 2010

Oil Spill Damage Exaggerated? The Microbes Ate It Edition

Remember when Obama called the BP oil spill "the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced"? Well, according to this article, the damage has been largely exaggerated. Among other reasons, storm winds have helped evaporate the oil, and balmy temperatures help bacteria break it down. According to the article:

Marine scientist Ivor Van Heerden, another former LSU prof who's working for a spill response contractor, says "there's just no data to suggest this is an environmental disaster. I have no interest in making BP look good — I think they lied about the size of the spill — but we're not seeing catastrophic impacts," says Van Heerden, who, like just about everyone else working in the Gulf these days, is being paid out of BP's spill response funds. "There's a lot of hype, but no evidence to justify it."
As the following cartoon illustrates, there is evidence to justify labeling another event a catastrophe.

2 comments:

HaynesBE said...

Great Cartoon. Here is another one with a map theme: The coming Storm

Doug Reich said...

Beth, awesome.