As the Guardian Online pointed out in an article this morning, BP are buying up Google search engine space. If you type ‘oil spill disaster’ into Google, at the top you will see a sponsored link to their ‘Oil Leak Response’ page, and where you can ‘Learn about how BP is helping’.
They really are doing everything they can to play down this absolute mother of a cock-up. It also seems that many people have forgotten the 11 workers who lost their lives, when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April. One of those who seems to have forgotten is BP boss Tony Hayward, who commented “I want my life back…” in response to the work BP are having to do to clear THEIR mess up. Says it all really!
What I also found when I typed ‘oil spill’ into Google, was a lovely little news report by Michael Hanlon of our friends [sic] at Daily Mail Online. I shall quote the headline to this piece of genius in full: ‘Yes, oil spills are terrible. But the truth is they’re not the calamity doom-mongers say they are’. And yes that was the grammar.
He lists a few of the previous oil spills before this recent one, and then states that ‘Despairing environmentalists’, politicians etc, have said this is the greatest ecological disaster in U.S. history. After giving us details on past attempts to clean up oil spills from a tanker, he then states, ‘But experts are now convinced that the best solution, short of pumping the oil off the tanker before it could escape or otherwise trying to contain it, would have simply been to do nothing’.
What Hanlon is basically saying, is that nature and the surrounding environment cope with massive oil spills in their own way, and just go back to normal after a few years. He does then state that ecosystems would be threatened, and fragile ecologies which people depend on for their livelihoods. It is an awful piece of journalism, which can be expected from an awful ‘news’ outlet.
But the problem is, too many people will read this, and think ‘ooh, actually it’s not all bad, it’s just a hic-up and oil is fine really’.
Oh, and because of our dependency for oil, “…in this sense we are all to blame for the Louisiana Spill”.
Yet in an article in New Scientist today, research scientists have found the plume of oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico to be 24 kilometers long, 8 kilometers wide and 90 meters thick, and stretches from 700 to 1300 meters below the surface. Now tell me THAT has not had a possible long lasting effect on the ecosystem. Any intelligent person knows that the ecosystem of this planet works like a chain, knock a link out and the chain doesn’t work all too well. Its the hard to see smallest of microbes that are the lifeblood of the ocean, which are being affected the most. They are working overtime, and thus having a knock-on further up the chain.
Michael Hanlon also has a Science blog called ‘From the cutting edge’. This is also a piece of crap.
Read the full (terrible) article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1279847/MICHAEL-HANLON-Yes-oil-spills-terrible-But-truth-theyre-calamity-doom-mongers-say-are.html#ixzz0qIEjuViM