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Originally posted by Qumulys
Does anyone have links to the Australian 60 Minutes piece she talked about which had been pulled?
MICHAEL USHER: We're heading where very few people have been allowed. To the epicentre of one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in history. The US Coast Guard has given us exclusive access. Only emergency crews have been this deep inside the oil spill exclusion zone, more than 100 kilometres off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. It is incredible to be in this place right now. This is the actual source of the oil spill the beginning of the catastrophe. There are rigs right now are working furiously to drill deep and intercept that ruptured pipeline. It is incredible, it is overwhelming in scale. You can smell the oil, it's so strong, and it stings your eyes. And when you look down, you can see the red, rusty, oil globs sitting on the surface and a sheen that stretches, as far as the eye can see. Out here, the sheer scale of the catastrophe is overwhelming. We followed rivers of oil back towards the coastline, some were 30 kilometres long, moving with the fast-flowing Gulf currents. Some experts say 16 million litres of oil is billowing into the sea each day. When you get down onto the surface, and you get up close to this oil slick, you see just what a crisis it is. Let me take a sample and try and show you. That is pure, crude oil, it's toxic sludge, and it has the consistency of thick,melted tar. It would seem that it's almost impossible to clean this stuff up from the shorelines. On shore, it has been a slow-motion disaster, and only this past week have the first waves of oil hit the mainland, with all their terrible consequences. Sea life has been devastated, birds and fish lay dying over a wide area.
KINDRA ARNESEN: Can they fix it? Maybe in 30 years - good luck. They have murdered the Gulf.
MICHAEL USHER: Kindra Arnesen is one of thousands of locals whose lives face ruin. Why don't you show me on board? Her family has fished these waters for two decades, now, their shrimping boat lies idle. More than 22,000 square kilometres of America's most fertile fishing grounds have been closed. It's a way of life that's been ruined.
KINDRA ARNESEN: It is a way of life that has been ruined. They've killed a food source. The Gulf produces the best-tasting seafood you'll ever eat.
MICHAEL USHER: Used to.
KINDRA ARNESEN: Yeah, used to, you hit the nail on the head - once upon a time. I guess that'll be something in history.
Originally posted by Dumbass
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Originally posted by mblahnikluver
Originally posted by spy66
Are you sticking up for BP in some way here? I don't care if they dont have the money and have to sell EVERYTHING, this whole disaster was their fault and negligence. It was all because they wanted to save a buck and get that oil to get MORE money...
No, you are wrong. Completely wrong. It is NOT all BP's fault. You guys forget again and again that BP (or any other mining/refining outfit) isn't allowed to sneeze without the nod from MMS, Dept. of the Interior, the Dept. of Energy, OSHA and probably 10 other subdivisions of the Federal Government.
The United States Federal Government is at least 50% liable for this Gulf mess. They are absolutely complicit in the events that led to the disaster, and either knew or should have known that something tragic was going to happen.
No one party will be able to abrogate responsibility for the spill. In particular, the Feds have related to individuals and corporations like nannies lording over toddlers for the past 60 years. Now, the toddler has made a great big mess, and you guys are trying to blame the 'kid' while excusing the 'adult' for, at best, misfeasance and, at worst, complicity in the disastrous act. It doesn't work that way, I'm afraid.
The U.S. Federal Government has failed, and failed BIG. All the laws they have passed, all the taxpayer money that they have spent, all the 'expert' opinions, all the posturing by overpaid clowns in congress and in the EPA has resulted in possibly the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history.
BP needs a spanking for what happened. But the people who we paid to oversee in our interests need to be fired.
Originally posted by LurkerMan
Get your guns.
We're taking the gulf back.