Kathy Shaidle

Putting the oil spill in historical perspective

Posted on June 2 2010 1:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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I’ve praised Donna Laframboise here before, due to her tireless and thankless factchecking of the infamous Nobel-winning report on “global warming.

Today, she provides some much needed perspective on the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico:

She writes, in part:

Green activists like to declare that we’re addicted to oil. I think we’re addicted to drama. (…)

Regarding the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico here are a few facts:

Half of all the oil entering the world’s oceans is totally unconnected to humans.  According to research  published in a peer-reviewed academic journal in 2003: “Crude oil seeps are natural phenomenon over which humankind has little direct control.” (…)

In early 1996, an oil tanker ran aground off Britain, polluting 200 km (124 miles) of coastline. Three years later, when the BBC reported on the aftermath, it observed that visitors to the region could “see no evidence today of the dismal predictions some were making at the time of the spill.”

As well, Rush Limbaugh displayed a helpful graph (see above) on his show’s webcam yesterday. It is now available at his site, along with a transcript:

Oil spills are not uncommon.  This one is by no means anywhere near the largest.  It’s not even the largest in the Gulf of Mexico.  It’s the second largest.  That doesn’t make it okay.  I don’t want anybody to misunderstand me here.  It’s bad as it is, but the planet’s still here, people are still alive and animals are still alive where all these things have happened, and that will be the case here as well.  It’s not going to be easy. There’s going to be a tremendous amount of pain, and there ought to be steps being taken now that aren’t being taken to plug this well or do something like Jindal wants to do with these sand berms. There are a number of steps that could be taken.  We don’t need to be sending Eric Holder down there, a lawyer, meeting with prosecutors.  We don’t need to be sending commissions down there or setting commissions up.  We need to find the best and brightest engineers possible in the private sector and get ’em all working on this.

As usual, well said Rush. Well said.

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