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  •  NRDC and Greenpeace have a few thoughts ... (6+ / 0-)

    The Ed Show
    for Thursday, August 5th, 2010

    transcript to the Thursday show:

    SCHULTZ: But outside experts say the government numbers, hey, folks, this is fuzzy math at best and even if the oil has dispersed in the water, it‘s still there.  And still toxic.  It‘s just too small to see.  The reaction around the world and from the environmental group Greenpeace was scathing.  "This overstates what they know.  There really isn't very much data to support this.  It's somewhere between a wild guess, wishful thinking and spin to make these claims at this point."

    Joining me now is David Pettit, he‘s a senior attorney with the National Resources Defense Council.  Mr. Pettit, good to have you with us tonight.  

    PETTIT:  Well, I think Greenpeace is right.  The quote that you read from Greenpeace is right on the money.  Even if you take the government‘s numbers at face value, the most that this report shows is that about half the oil that was spilled has gone away.  And the other half is still in the water in one form or another.  And the government report also said you know, the oil that‘s there, it‘s rapidly degrading, don‘t worry, be happy, everything‘s going to be fine.  That‘s not true either.  We have no idea where that oil is and what‘s going to happen to it.  And I think in the best reading, there‘s still 2.5 million barrels, not gallons but barrels of oil out there waiting to do something, waiting to hit the coast, waiting to kill the sea life that‘s in the gulf.  
    PETTIT:  [...] one thing you can do is if you‘re interested in finding out of what the truth is, you can go online and look at the report, this oil budget that the government put out.  And if you read it carefully, what it actually says is I think you mentioned earlier that half of the oil is still in the water and when you look at how they got to those numbers, you‘ll see there‘s really nothing in the way of actual measurements.  What they‘re doing is well, they‘re relying on older studies, for example, studies of wave action and the like and how that disperses oil.  But here the oil entered the environment 5,000 feet underwater.  It‘s not like an "Exxon Valdez" where the oil spilled on the surface.  And so, whether those older studies are applicable to what we‘re looking at now is really anybody‘s guess and to me that makes all of these numbers unreliable.

    The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood. --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Seymour, 1807

    by jamess on Fri Aug 06, 2010 at 10:45:05 AM PDT

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