Thursday, 26 April 2012

Microbes in Gulf Attacking Things Other than Oil? Large Increase in Crab and Lobster with Appendages Falling Off - High Incidence of Eyeless Shrimp

Two years since the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, we look at its impact on the Gulf of Mexico's residents and wildlife even as no BP officials have faced criminal prosecution for the disaster. Eleven workers died when the Deepwater Horizon well exploded and almost five million barrels of crude oil leaked into the ocean before the well was plugged after 51 days. BP maintains the Gulf is rapidly recovering thanks to the company's efforts, but Al Jazeera reporter Dahr Jamail describes how scientists say shrimp, fish and crabs in the Gulf of Mexico have been deformed by oil and chemicals released during the spill clean-up effort.



The Oil and Corexit dispersant is bad enough. I only hope that any oil eating bacteria that has been released is not eating everything in the Gulf. Hopefully we won't end up with a destroyed planet like in the movie The Road.

The problem with many really bad "black swan" type disasters is that most people can't imagine them happening. However, for those people in control, this sort of imagining is very necessary - in order to avert a catastrophe.

In regard to certain things, like genetically engineered organisms going out of control or the impacts of subtle environmental toxins (including radiological contamination), it is better to be cautious first, to prevent the chance of a disaster, than to deal with potential consequences later down the track.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 26th, 2012.]

4 comments:

steven andresen said...

spook,

Why should we think "caution" would ever play into anyone's calculations?

The goal is to come out on top. If a large number of your competitors, or some number of "useless eaters" get killed off in the process, why would it bother anyone who's in the hunt?

You might be able to say, well, I'm cautious, and people I know are careful about what they do so their actions don't hurt people, but, the camp guards at Auschwitz could have said the same thing. They weren't responsible for who came to the camps. They didn't order the gas pellets. It wasn't their responsibility to change the course of society's projects. They didn't know what the bigger picture looked like. Why blame them...In the same way, we have the nuclear power plants blowing up and melting down every once in awhile, we have the oil rigs polluting a gulf here, a sea there, and over there someone's coastline. And then there's the gutting of the constitution, the rule of law, and our way of life. But no one goes about telling anyone to gut the laws, or steal from the people, or destroy our Democracy. There isn't anyone to blame here.

And isn't that how the country will fall apart? Just like how the camps got started and kept going....?

s.

SpookyOne said...

S,

I can only hope that enough people, or the right sort of people, wake up to what's at stake. I will keep putting up flares here and point to the danger!

The thing about the Gulf spill, especially with an out of control microbe, is that we may end up in a extinction type event - an almost total extinction of every living thing that currently exists.

I thought this was a good video to bring up the danger of such an event. Some mistakes cannot be easily undone. Indeed, some mistakes are fatal ones ! This mistake is not like walking out into the traffic without paying attention to the cars. Right now would be a good time to become conscious to the consequences of some of our activities (or at least the activities of the "geniuses" running things).

Spook!

steven andresen said...

spook,

Jamail argued that we should compare what the scientists said with what the BP spokespeople said, and decide who to believe.

I think is is a very poor response. There is no reason to think that scientists are infallible. There's no reason to think that just because you are employed by a corporation you are always, and in this case, lie about the effects of what your corporation has done.

Jamail should have been talking about exactly what the scientists found. He should have questioned the statements made by the fisher people on the BP film clip. I think he should have said something about how to reconcile the disparity between what the fishermen said and what his scientists were saying. Is it a matter of where the fishermen quoted were fishing and the big picture?

The health of the fish coming out of the Gulf seems to be at issue, and I can't tell from this report what to make of it.

s.

SpookyOne said...

S,

I agree with your broad assessment, but in this case I have strong doubts about what BP is saying vs local scientists.

Indeed, the Corexit dispersant being used in the Gulf was banned in the North Sea by the europeans because it was considered too toxic.

I will post further stories that focus specifically on hard evidence of oil contamination as they appear.

Spook