reply to post by kn0wh0w
You are not wrong, it is just not that serious. The dish soap in your home does exactly the same thing. Any soap that you use to wash your hands,
clothes, dishes, or car.....they are all "dispersants." They work by "surrounding" the oil and/or dirt with their own molecules and allowing
water to flush them away. They have the added benefit of softening the cell membrane on bacteria and causing cell death to those bacteria. That is
why handwashing works as well as it does. It breaks down the oil/dirt/grime and flushes it away with water to expose your fresh, true skin, and it
kills the bacteria that are present by breaking down their cell membrane and spilling out their contents and flushing them away as well.
The combination of oil/dispersant is no different than having either one of them without the other.
I will watch the video when I get home, just in case it has anything new that I haven't seen on the other videos.
And, for the record, I am not saying that Corexit is harmless. It has much more than just your typical soap. It also has astringents and harsher
chemicals. The methane/lpg/oil/dispersant combination in the water is surely having disastrous effects.
If you want to be fear mongered, here are some things you may not have even thought of, and they are guaranteed to already be happening!
1. The oil sheen on top of the water is surely having unknown consequences such as raising the surface temperature of the sea, and keeping it warmer
longer into the winter months.
2. The filter fish, plankton, brill, shell fish, etc. They are already ingesting the dispersed oil, and they are already being eaten by bigger game
fish, and those game fish are already travelling hundreds of miles outside the affected area, and they are already making it to a plate in a
restaurant near you!
3. 10's of 1000's of fishermen are not out fishing. They are laying boom and making triple their normal daily income for not doing their normal
jobs. All that sea life that they typically harvest is not being harvested. The populations of that life are exploding, and also migrating away from
the oil. The entire ecosystem is in a state of change like we have never seen before!
4. Currently, a "false economy" has been set up by BP. They are infusing money into an area that has lost its primary source of income. Tourists
are gone, the housing market is a wreck, the support industries like restaurants, bars, dry cleaning, and grocery stores are suffering. So, BP steps
in and employs all those people for a limited time. They create a divide among the population. Some are starving while others are making triple
their normal income. It has rearranged the entire economic landscape of the area, and it is temporary. At some point, they will pull the plug, and
the cards will all come crashing down!! It will have a cascade effect along the coast, and it will also cause an influx of migrants to the North
looking for work. The end effect cannot even be fathomed at this point.