Originally posted by aoi3610
I am not a CHEMIST, a bit of study but nothing special, however I have an intuitive way of looking at things.
Then maybe you should consult with one or do more research before posting things that are unequivocally wrong. Intuitive doesn't mean correct...
2-Butoxyethanol - (Ethylene Glycol) Organic Solvent, (Anti-Freeze) - Toxic.
Yes, ethylene glycol is moderately toxic. But 2-butoxyethanol (aka butyl cellosolve, the stuff that gives Windex its characteristic odor) isn't the
same thing as ethylene glycol.
Propylene Glycol - Oil based Solvent, mixes with water at any ratio
"Oil-based solvent"... no, not really. I mean, sure you could make the argument that because it has a small hydrocarbon backbone, and crude oil is
really just mixed hydrocarbons, that it's "oil-based". But I could make the same argument that you're oil-based. It has very minor solvent
properties, and those properties are due to it being miscible in both organic solvents (like acetone) and water (by the way, water is a solvent too).
In this application, it's used as a cosolvent to bring together polar molecules (like water) and nonpolar molecules (like long chain hydrocarbons
found in oil) so that the nonpolar molecules can be dispersed in a dissimilar solvent.
Organic Sulfonate - Suplhur Based Organic Acid
Again, calling this sulfur-based is like calling you sulfur based. It's an organic molecule that's been derivatized with a sulfate moiety to give it
some surfactant properties. Further, this was later revealed to be dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (aka DOSS), which is commonly used as a stool
OK, if you've read my thread you'll understand my thinking, "what would I have done if I were TPTB".
What you would have done if you were the powers that be is based on some faulty reasoning and "intuition", as I'm about to show...
They have an Amino Acid, Sulphur Based, I look at Taurine, It's in Bile, in you, it's capable of eating oil.
They have a what now? An amino acid? This shows that you have absolutely no idea what an amino acid is. There is no nitrogen in any of the compounds
in Corexit. No nitrogen means no amine group. No amine group means it can't possible be an amino acid. Only a very small number of organic acids are
amino acids, and DOSS ain't one of them. And why are you invoking taurine? The only similarity between DOSS and taurine is the presence of a
sulfonate group, which it also has in common with millions of other compounds. And taurine "eats" oil? I don't even know how to respond to that
one... what do you mean "eats"? Do you have a reference that it's particularly reactive with oil?
They mix the "Oil" in the water from the spill with the propylene Glycol, they attract each other, the Ethylene Glycol is the catalyst for
the sulfonate to convert the BP oil, into MORE Ethylene Glycol.
Well, since there's no ethylene glycol in Corexit, this is already false. Further, a mixture of DOSS and propylene glycol (or ethylene glycol for
that matter) won't "convert" the oil into anything. I think you have a fundamental misunderstanding of how surfactants/dispersants work. Maybe your
confusion comes from the layman's term "breaking down", as it was commonly used in news coverage of the spill. The dispersants used break the large
mass of oil down into smaller droplets, they don't initiate a chemical reaction that breaks down the molecular structures found in oil.
A substance, quite possibly alive, that converts OIL into ANTI-FREEZE.
Alive? Really? This is so completely fabricated out of thin air that I can't even respond adequately.
There are plenty of good and scientifically valid reasons why Corexit should never have been used in the Gulf spill. All your post does, with it's
use of "intuition" and really bad science, is draw attention away from those good reasons. It ultimately does the people suffering from related
health issues a disservice.