More NOLA-related heartbreak at Casa Vidiotposted by The Vidiot @ 7:59 AM Permalink I swear, Louisiana can't cut a break.
Oh, and just let me say at the outset that this was NOT terrorism. It wasn't eco-terrorism (as claimed by Rush Limbaugh because no environmentally minded person would risk Lousiana's wetlands to make a point.) Nor was it so-called islamo-fascist terrorism because that just doesn't exist. Islamo-fascist terrorism is completely manufactured by our government to excuse their bad behavior in the Middle East. No, this was corporate malfeasance at its most extreme.
We've been watching the developments regarding the BP mess in the Gulf. At first, it was sort of under our radar. The MSM didn't really sound any alarms about it, but after a few days, it has begun to sink in and this is a disaster of massive proportions. This may be unrecoverable. At least after Katrina, rebuilding was an option. This? I don't know how this can be fixed. To be sure, areas where they get the shrimp and crawfish, the two main staples of Louisiana food, will be wiped out.
And the wetlands, ohmygawd, the wetlands. They're so fragile as it is. They're going to be inundated by oil and destroyed. The bayous, home to the real Cajun culture and no to mention the marine life (including my favorite, pelicans), will be destroyed. And what if there's a hurricane (as there most assuredly will be)? What then? And I fear that once that oil moves up the waterways, every time New Orleans floods, it won't just be brackish water and a little sewage that wells up in the streets. Residue like that could make the city really unlivable. (And for those of you only mildly familiar with NOLA, that city is a cultural gem. No NOLA means no NOLA Mardi Gras, No NOLA Jazz Fest, No Satchmo fest, No French Quarter fest, no fests of any kind, no NOLA gumbo, no NOLA crawfish etoufee, no second lines, no Lagniappe, no NOLA brass bands, no NOLA Saints, no church services that end early so folks can go home and watch The Saints, no Parkway Bakery, no Liuzza's. I could go on. You get the point.)
Oh, and guess what company put those now-blown cement caps on that oil well (just a few days before BTW)? Halliburton. They screwed up BIG time. This isn't just a few messed up showers in Iraq, this is a f-ck up of such monumental proportions, done by a company hell-bent (as they all are) on maximizing their profits, that corners were cut and now, the rest of us, the little people, are left to deal with the mess and there's a real possibility that a national treasure has been destroyed. And can we trust them to fix it and fix it properly? No.
The chemicals BP is now relying on to break up the steady flow of leaking oil from deep below the Gulf of Mexico could create a new set of environmental problems.I don't know what the solution is to this mess. I don't know how it's even possible to save the waterways down there. But if I were living there right now, I'd sure as shit be trying to do something.
On Thursday BP began using the chemical compounds to dissolve the crude oil, both on the surface and deep below, deploying an estimated 100,000 gallons. Dispersing the oil is considered one of the best ways to protect birds and keep the slick from making landfall. But the dispersants contain harmful toxins of their own and can concentrate leftover oil toxins in the water, where they can kill fish and migrate great distances.
Oh, and boycott BP!
Update: I just read this.Ugh.
If we can't cap that hole that oil is going to destroy the oceans of the world. It only takes one quart of motor oil to make 250,000 gallons of ocean water toxic to wildlife. Are you starting to get the magnitude of this?
We're so used to our politicians creating false crises to forward their criminal agendas that we aren't recognizing that we're staring straight into possibly the greatest disaster mankind will ever see. Imagine what happens if that oil keeps flowing until it destroys all life in the oceans of this planet. Who knows how big of a reservoir of oil is down there.