Thursday, March 29, 2012

Left Side of the Aisle #50 - Part 2

New proof of damage from the Deepwater Horizon blowout

As a sort of Footnote to the Preceding: April 20, 2010, was the date of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, when a well operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico blew out, spewing over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf.

On Monday, after months of laboratory work, scientists announced they can definitively identify oil from the blown-out well as the cause for the massive damage to a coral community on the bottom of the Gulf a mile under water, seven miles from the well.

The occasional coral colonies that are found in the Gulf are vital oases for marine life - and this one has been severely damaged with unknowable future impacts on that other marine life that depends on it. The colorful thing you see in photo is a starfish. The rest is the coral. It should be bright pink.

Last spring, in one of my first shows, I noted it was right around the first anniversary of Deepwater Horizon. I said at that time that you should not believe the hype that the Gulf was "recovering" or even "had recovered." I said that the ecology of the Gulf is complex and not well understood yet - it is, after all, pretty much an ocean - and that what you might well see as the result of the oil blowout was a slow motion disaster, with the damaging effect emerging only over time.

Now, nearly a year after that and nearly two years after the blow-out, we see newly-determined proof of on-going damage.

The lesson is: Do not believe corporations. Do not believe their paid flunkies in and out of public office. Do not believe those who have a selfish interest in lying to you. Do not believe those whose profit depends on keeping you passive and pacified. They are lying to you and they will continue to lie to you as long as they can get away with it and they will lie to you even after that. Do not believe them.


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