BP Defends Tar Balls still washing up in Gulf

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Confronted with BP tar balls still washing up on Gulf shores, a spokesman denies the toxic chemicals are harmful, sidestepping the damage to pristine beaches. Scientists do not agree with him about the balls’ lack of toxicity and point out they can break down in harmful ways.

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  1. Not that the substance of the story isn’t troubling… But that BP spokesman was a former spokesman in the Obama administration, (WH or State) here we have on display the revolving door and the spin continues with a different logo.

  2. Dr Cole,
    The use of fossil fuel as energy endangers us all, driving changes in water, land, air, and the resulting destabilization of entire regions. This is a given. Yet we continue to see denial by those who could address the problems, the corporate and ideological opportunists that take advantage with no thought of the future but their own empowerment. Such is the world. We’re left only with the choices we make as individuals. As the Saudis, as government subsidized corporate oil, gas, coal continue to flood the world with ever cheaper fossil fuel, we work to invest in solar, wind, and energy effective homes and cars. But the far bigger portion of energy consumption comes from the things we buy. From industry, its methods of manufacturing and delivery. We know we can affect their behavior by making choices — where we shop, our awareness of how we bring things into our lives. So we need information, actualities, and what we mostly get is spin. But this is exactly where we need to direct our energies — knowing who makes stuff, how they make it, and that *they have the lion’s share of impact in global warming*. You are one of the few people who even mention this.

    • Hi, Deborah.

      Manufacturing in and of itself doesn’t produce CO2. It is the electricity generation that does, which drives the manufacturing machines. Of course, steel production is carbon intensive, but scientists and engineers think it, too, could be produced in a low carbon fashion.

  3. Keeping oil energy costs low sustains the use of oil. And so the flood of its production maintains its power and the power of those who produce it, even as its profit drops.

    Isn’t that why the Saudi’s are flooding the world with crude? That’s what I’m asking here.

    Yes, of course, it’s the means of production that determines the environmental impact. I’m hoping to get across the point that an individual’s personal consumption of fossil fuel — the choices they make re car, home heat, etc., — is a fraction of the impact made by the production and delivery of all they consume.

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