Where are the Greenpeace ships?
I remember the days when Greenpeace and other activists confronted the Navy and whalers in their ships.
Are they ALL on the corporate payroll now?
I didn't even see anything at the Greenpeace blog about the extremely toxic dispersants BP is spraying on the gulf. It is disheartening to see how bought and paid for all these organizations are.
Here's an excerpt from Bob Ostertag's excellent article "Causes and Consequences of the BP Oil Catastrophe: What We Know, What We Don't Know, and What We Will Never Know":
Then there are the chemical dispersants BP has added to the mix. As of today (June 2, 2010), BP has added about a million gallons. BP has used two dispersants, COREXIT EC9527A and COREXIT 9500. NALCO, the company which makes these products, alleges that the chemical composition of the stuff is a "trade secret," so no one outside the company knows exactly what is involved. The company's disclosure statement for COREXIT EC9527A says, "No toxicity studies have been conducted on this product."
But even if extensive toxicity studies had been done, and we could pry the recipe from NALCO's greedy hands, there would still be much we would not know about what a million gallons and counting of the stuff will do in the Gulf of Mexico. There is currently a heated debate within the scientific community concerning how the toxicity of many industrial chemicals are measured. The debate is not over whether the measurements that are used are accurate, but concern what the resulting numbers mean. Ultimately, these debates lead to deep philosophical questions that are the underpinnings of science and which may never be resolved. Much of the toxicity debate comes from research done on animals which have been the focus of decades of study under laboratory conditions. If scientists cannot agree on chemical toxicity in lab rats, how will they agree on what effect chemical dispersants have on sea life a mile below the surface? Some of these life forms we have only recently begun to study. Many more are completely unknown.
Note that in Charles Perrow's anatomy of technological catastrophe, the dispersants constitute a "back-up system" that will now begin to interact with the ongoing catastrophe in completely unknown ways. And as is often the case with back-up systems, there is no actual evidence that the dispersants are improving the situation in any way. The only thing that is certain is that the dispersants are making the oil that has gushed harder to see from the surface and to track underwater. Which is probably why BP is using them in such massive amounts.
But we are not dealing only with the dispersant chemicals, or gushing oil. Rather, we are dealing with a mixture of millions of gallons of the two, concocted in deep sea conditions we only sketchily understand and spread by currents we cannot fully track. Some of the chemicals known to be in the dispersants are bioaccumulative, meaning that they gradually concentrate in living tissue and work their way up food chains. Hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico officially begins today. Chemicals from this catastrophe could eventually end up in any number of living organisms across a vast geographical expanse.
It took decades to sort out the health consequences from the chemical defoliants the US military used in the Vietnam war, and there is still no scientific consensus as to the nature of Gulf War Syndrome suffered by veterans of the first invasion of Iraq twenty years ago. Both of these catastrophes involved human victims eager to participate in research that might pinpoint the cause of their problems, who could be readily located by their records of military service. The bird and sea life that will come into contact with the stuff spewed from the Deepwater Horizon and dispersed by BP are on no one's address list. They will not bang on the doors of VA hospitals to make themselves available to research. Much of this life is located so far beneath the ocean that research can only be done by robots. What we are looking at is decades of acrimonious debate as to what constitutes a "proven" health consequence of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. As usual, the debate will be largely framed by lawyers working in the service of the huge financial interests involved.
Obama could have STOPPED this insanity in literally a few seconds, ordering BP to STOP using COREXIT.
Of course you'd have to have a bit of spine to stand up to BP, the decency to do what's right and respect for our planet. Qualities Obama is lacking entirely.
Obama has to be the biggest traitor ever to become an American president. Bush was considered "not that bright" -- Obama doesn't have that excuse.
Here's the Greenpeace blog: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/
-- NOT making waves.
Greenpeace activists are enjoying the Mediterranean, various European lakes and oceans and the Antarctic. But they're not anywhere near the gulf. So bought and paid for.
Ostertag is absolutely right.
Many things we'll NEVER know.
But we do know right now that our government and regulators and even the "radical" activists all sold out to the international corporations.