Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The next time someone wants to drill off the West Coast...

What a complete worldwide ecological disaster. How could such a well-endowed, profitable industry be so unprepared for a deep sea blow-out. NCAR has produced a simulation of the flow of oil from BP Macondo site:

“I’ve had a lot of people ask me, ‘Will the oil reach Florida?’” says NCAR scientist Synte Peacock, who worked on the study. “Actually, our best knowledge says the scope of this environmental disaster is likely to reach far beyond Florida, with impacts that have yet to be understood.”...
“We have been asked if and when remnants of the spill could reach the European coastlines,” says Martin Visbeck, a member of the research team with IFM-GEOMAR, University of Kiel, Germany. “Our assumption is that the enormous lateral mixing in the ocean together with the biological disintegration of the oil should reduce the pollution to levels below harmful concentrations. But we would like to have this backed up by numbers from some of the best ocean models.”

What a complete worldwide ecological disaster this will become. As I have commented in a previous post, producing energy based on carbon and uranium is archaic. The relevant comparison to the BP Macondo disaster is Chernobyl, but since the the well is still spilling into the gulf, it is unclear how devastating the leak will be on the environment.  Should you wish to voice your opinion about this, an "Oil Spill Vigil" will be hosted tonight by MoveOn in Zuanich Park.:

Today is the 50th day since the oil spill began. Join MoveOn tonight (Tuesday, June 8) at 7:00 PM at Zuanich Park, 2600 Harbor Loop, Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, for a gathering to express outrage, to demand change, and to stand in solidarity with the people, land, and animals devastated by this corporate irresponsibility.
MoveOn believes that if enough people speak out, we can make this tragedy a turning point and finally start to do what is necessary to stop our nation’s addiction to oil.

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