This is rank criminality taken directly from the operation manual developed during the Exxon Valdez catastrophe which still continues to poison the planet.
Dredd Blog had a series early on in this grotesque charade, detailing its history while predicting a long lasting episode of propaganda.
Huffington Post has a piece which quotes the scientists as well as the government propaganda mouthpieces:
Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist's video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor.(Gulf Oil Update). Not surprisingly, the scientists and the government wearing the rose colored glasses of propaganda have different stories.
That report is at odds with a recent report by the BP spill compensation czar that said nearly all will be well by 2012.
At a science conference in Washington Saturday, marine scientist Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia aired early results of her December submarine dives around the BP spill site. She went to places she had visited in the summer and expected the oil and residue from oil-munching microbes would be gone by then. It wasn't.
The government says all is well because they were the ones who said all the dangers of offshore drilling were in the past, a short six weeks before the Deepwater Horizon disaster began.
A disaster that continues to destroy life as we know it:
The deep-sea hydrocarbon discharge resulting from the BP oil well blowout in the northern Gulf of Mexico released large quantities of oil and gaseous hydrocarbons such as methane into the deep ocean. So far, estimates of hydrocarbon discharge have focused on the oil released, and have overlooked the quantity, fate and environmental impact of the gas. Gaseous hydrocarbons turn over slowly in the deep ocean, and microbial consumption of these gases could have a long-lasting impact on oceanic oxygen levels. Here, we combine published estimates of the volume of oil released, together with provisional estimates of the oil to gas ratio of the discharged fluid, to determine the volume of gaseous hydrocarbons discharged during the spill. We estimate that the spill injected up to 500,000 t of gaseous hydrocarbons into the deep ocean and that these gaseous emissions comprised 40% of the total hydrocarbon discharge. Analysis of water around the wellhead revealed discrete layers of dissolved hydrocarbon gases between 1,000 and 1,300 m depth; concentrations exceeded background levels by up to 75,000 times. We suggest that microbial consumption of these gases could lead to the extensive and persistent depletion of oxygen in hydrocarbon-enriched waters.(Natural GeoScience, emphasis added). Seventy Five Thousand times more toxic than normal is clear, convincing, and beyond a reasonable doubt proof of the criminality of the republican minds who want to shut down the EPA.
The oceans are a prime source of food that is getting more and more critical:
The United Nations has predicted the global population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050, "with almost all of the growth occurring in poor countries, particularly Africa and South Asia," said John Bongaarts of the non-profit Population Council.(Raw Story). The fringe elements (the death bringers) are the establishment propagandists.
To feed all those mouths, "we will need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as we have in the last 8,000," said Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
"By 2050 we will not have a planet left that is recognizable" if current trends continue, Clay said.
A House Committee dedicated to false information called a scientist who had made dubious claims in previous years to their delight. During the hearing that scientist recanted to point out not only that he had been mistaken, but that climate science data are accurate.