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It should have been a no-brainer that quick eradication of months of erupting oil into the Gulf might still have some lingering impacts that is likely to threaten the health of wildlife, the Gulf, and the planet for well into the future.

New research confirms this, according the New York Times report:

If the country needs more jobs, lets hire some more oceanographers and marine biologists, and climate change specialists.

If oil is in plankton, then oil will work its way up the food chain to (gasp) the food we may be eating.    

If oil is in plankton, isn't it possible that much of the ocean health and planet's health is going to be affected for some time to come?

The statements alluding to "75% of the oil being already gone" were irresponsible, whatever their source.

I don't know, nor does anyone know, for certain the causes of recent mega-fires in Russia and mega-floods in Pakistan, but clearly the health of the planet could use some greater attention.

I just received a survey from Gov. Tim Kaine regarding President Obama's performance and Democratic priorities.  Of the 14 priorities listed, not one included "environmental health".  (I returned the survey, putting this on the list and making it number #1.)

Fund-raising must be accompanied by real listening and better policy making.

Originally posted to akmk on Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 02:48 PM PDT.


What should the top priorities of the Administration be

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  •  existence, not existance (2+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens, Hopeful Skeptic
  •  Here's a link to the original (5+ / 0-)

    Science Article.

    And a quote from the abstract:

    Our findings indicate the presence of a continuous plume over 35 km in length, at approximately 1100 m depth that persisted for months without substantial biodegradation. Samples collected from within the plume reveal monoaromatic petroleum hydrocarbon concentrations in excess of 50 μg L–1. These data indicate that monoaromatic input to this plume was at least 5500 kg day–1, which is more than double the total source rate of all natural seeps of the monoaromatic petroleum hydrocarbons in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

    Thanks for writing a diary on this!

    PS - I hope you don't mind that I added the eKos tag.

    "The more the Democrats pursue the center... the further to the right the "center" moves." -fellow kossack vacantlook

    by Hopeful Skeptic on Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 02:53:32 PM PDT

  •  I voted for "green jobs"... (4+ / 0-)
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    greengemini, Larsstephens, akmk, Sunspots

    ...because if really pursued to it's optimal potential, this will address all of the other many urgent priorities, or put us in a substantially better position to do so.

    Bring back Van Jones!

    "...a printing press is worth 10,000 rifles..." Ho Chi Minh

    by Radical def on Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 03:15:40 PM PDT

  •  I absolutely agree. One of my biggest (3+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens, Sunspots, DawnN

    disappointments in this Administration was the loss of Van Jones.

  •  Probably should have added an option of (3+ / 0-)
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    greengemini, Larsstephens, DawnN

    All of the above!

    None were on the Survey I just got--except for jobs--but no mention of green jobs.

  •  Their top priority? (1+ / 0-)
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    Winning the 2010 midterms and destroying the GOP. All those other things depend on Congress.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 04:02:51 PM PDT

  •  JOBS!! (0+ / 0-)

    And they don't have to be green.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 05:40:23 PM PDT

  •  Wonder what the August data looks like (0+ / 0-)

    according to the report:

    Oceanographers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts surveyed the gulf around the BP well from the research ship Endeavor from 19 to 28 June, a period of heavy flow. Led by oceanographer Richard Camilli, the team deployed an array of instruments on both a cable-lowered water sampler and an autonomous underwater vehicle. All told, the instrumentation made more than 57,000 separate chemical analyses of a plume southwest of the well.

    This is from 2 months ago when the oil was still flowing.  I think the real question is what's happening in August.

    •  Of course it is (1+ / 0-)
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      Wee Mama

      And then there's this article from the New York Times that debunks almost all the frightening stuff in the latest study published today!

      The NYT says

      Based on measurements taken in late June, the study confirms the existence of an invisible, finely diffused mile-wide swath of oil-infused water

      but DailyKos says that it's a plume, which implies much thicker concentrations of oil than the description by the Greenwire authors in the Energy and Environment section of the paper.

      They also said

      Rather than painting a damning picture of subsurface oil that will barely be touched by bacteria, however, the report does little to invalidate the overall expectation that minute bugs are degrading, with vigor, oil and methane leaked from BP's well, the scientists said.

      That's quite different from ANYTHING you've read on DK recently on this study, isn't it? In fact, the paranoia and conspiracy theories and mistrust on this site have been at hysteria levels!

      And you never have read THIS about the latest study here, have you?

      But some other scientists questioned the report's conclusion of little "appreciable" bacteria surge. There is some dissonance between what the study's scientists are stating and their data, said David Valentine, a microbiologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Valentine led his own expedition into the Gulf earlier this summer and is currently readying his direct measurements of bacterial activity for publication.

      The Woods Hole researchers may have simply set their expectations too high, Valentine said. The oxygen levels detailed in the report, especially at their upper boundaries, still leave a large space for bacterial life to be growing and feeding on oil, Valentine said.

      "There's still room for significant biodegradation to be occurring there," he said.

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