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More than 1,000 ailing sea lion pups have washed ashore in Southern California over the past three months, and a national fisheries expert says a lack of food source is likely the cause, not radiation as reported by some media outlets.
Originally posted by WhiteAlice
reply to post by rickymouse
Oh I agree that just about everything that we're doing is probably going to end up polluting the oceans in one way or the other. We use something on land, it gets in the soil, trickles down into the water table through rain/irrigation, water table can influence creeks, which then drag it all out into the oceans. I honestly think that any argument about global warming is pointless when what we're doing collectively is doing just as much damage and destruction to our biosphere. We're all very culpable in that. However, BP did it in a very direct hit at highly toxic levels in one of the great breeding grounds of the oceans. They single handedly did more damage than any single one of us could probably do in our lifetimes. Overall though, I do agree that, collectively, we do massive amounts of damage. That's why I try to minimize my footprint as much I possibly can--no pesticides, no fertilizers, and my cleaning products are all natural (and not the lying versions of being natural).
Originally posted by rickymouse
Why were these oil companies allowed to drill in an area that allowed this accident to last so long is the question. There should have been a big organization that can fix these problems quickly in place in the gulf. Before creating a possible problem make sure it can be fixed. The government doesn't need to be involved in this, the oil companies can form this emergency program. It would only cost pennies a barrel to keep an organization like this in the area. It may wind up saving them money in the longrun. I think this should be implemented mandatory worldwide myself, no government involvement in this except for making sure that the emergency centers are not just shell operations. Well, maybe Shell isn't the right word, Shell is an oil company. You know what I mean.
2011 analysis conducted by Earthjustice and Toxipedia showed that the dispersant could contain cancer-causing agents, hazardous toxins and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Environmental scientists expressed concerns that the dispersants add to the toxicity of a spill, increasing the threat to sea turtles and bluefin tuna. The dangers are even greater when poured into the source of a spill, because they are picked up by the current and wash through the Gulf. According to BP and federal officials dispersant use stopped after the cap was in place; however, marine toxicologist Riki Ott claimed that dispersant use continued after that date.
Two years after the spill, a study found that Corexit had increased the toxicity of the oil by up to 52 times.
Originally posted by rickymouse
reply to post by WhiteAlice
I'm beginning to think that our governments around the world are nothing but puppets of the big money. I always knew that they were highly influenced by the big companies but didn't realize that they could not do anything even if they wanted to. :shk: