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Scientists were Right: Sand Berms Fail

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posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 11:45 AM
Against scientists' advice, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and other government officials had the berms built to protect the coast. The spill involved nearly 5 million barrels of oil, and berms caught about 1000 barrels of it. At a cost of $220 million dollars.

Sand berms have proven to be an ineffective strategy for protecting the coast from last April’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a new report from the presidential commission investigating the spill. Scientists (such as Len Bahr, who penned an article for The Scientist) had warned the berms were a “foolish” idea, and would not have the desired effects.

...according to ScienceInsider, the commission’s report concluded that the $220 million was not worth the 1,000-or-so barrels of oil the berms trapped (relative to the nearly 5 million barrels likely released during the spill).

The original scientist's warning: Louisiana shuns science: Officials push sand berm plan to protect Gulf Coast from oil, as researchers caution against the move
edit on 21/12/10 by soficrow because: tweak

posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 11:59 AM
Way to go, Piyush Amrit Subhash Chandra "Bobby" Jindal! Save some money huh? Now all that money is wasted. For nothing! 1,000 barrels compared to 5,000,000 barrels. Good odds for any politician.

Its sad that greed has made us not give a crap about the earth. We're going to be sorry sooner or later.


posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 12:05 PM
At the risk of sounding partisan...its Louisiana...its a red state
Red states are who cares if they blew a ton of money on anti-science measures...they will learn, or starve.

Problem is, now the rest of us will have to pay for their retarded usual.

I suggest that when disasters occur, we immediately remove politicians and install scientists and science advisors to call all the shots.

posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 01:10 PM
reply to post by SaturnFX

It would work - in theory - to let the scientists decide.

...But remember, someone pays the scientists for their research and opinions - so they're not always 'objective.' And these days, they're not often objective... So kudos to the ones who spoke out on the berms, and told it like it was.

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