Is Our Government Poisoning The Gulf?

Just when you thought it was safe to get into the water……

Something about this oil spill has been fishy from the beginning. We’ve only been allowed limited exposure to the disaster- even cameramen and journalists have been turned away from the area for strange and mysterious reasons. There was a seemingly late response by our President to this oil spill – he actually impeded the clean up efforts when he not only turned away help from from foreign countries, but initially denied funding to states like Louisiana who wanted to protect themselves.

Now we find out that there’s more. Much, much more.

Corexit. Ever heard of it? It’s a dispersant- a product applied in a “mist form” from airplanes- which when added to the oil, atomizes it – causing it to “dissipate.”. It basically makes the oil invisible to the eye. It’s also toxic. How toxic? Well BP and our administration are saying that they don’t know how dangerous it is, yet if you simply read the label, it is clear that this isn’t a product that you want to smell, drink, or be around any time soon.

BP has put over 2 million gallons of Corexit into our Gulf in an effort to disperse the oil.

Similar dispersants were used to clean up the Exxon Valdez oil spill and many of the clean up workers have since died an early death.

The Chief of OSHA, David Michaels, talked about the dangers of exposure to Corexit this way: “I think you can say that exposures are low for workers. Exposure for workers on shore are virtually nonexistent. There are significant exposures near the source and that’s to be expected given the work being done there. Those workers are given respiratory protection.”

If the workers need respiratory protection, what in the world is happening to the wildlife, the fish, the dolphins…?

The children…?

Although OSHA claims otherwise, it seems that people on the shore ARE experiencing symptoms from this chemical. Headaches, sore throats, nausea, blistering skin, and other illnesses are being reported by those who live on the Gulf Coast. Environmental experts who have studied the effects of these dispersants on folks in other oil spills recommend that people with children “leave immediately.”

Are these “environmental “whackos” or are they legit?

I don’t know, but if my kids came home with headaches and blisters, I’d put up a “For Sale” sign very quickly.

Why would BP be using a toxic chemical to clean up this oil spill? Well, according to Hugh Kaufman, a senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, “By hiding the enormity of the spill, BP is saving hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars in fines.”

Here’s what’s scary. Our Obama administration is complicit in this activity. Mr. Kaufman tells us that the EPA ,NOAH, and other government agencies are all aware of the toxic effects of Corexit but have been “sock puppets” for BP in this cover up.

Obama, our “green” President, is allowing a dreaded “Big Oil” company to put toxic chemicals into our Gulf to make it appear as though the spill isn’t as bad as it is?

Are you kidding me?

The same President who wants to change our light bulbs, require us to use solar panels and windmills, tax our energy, put more regulations on car manufacturers- all in the name of “Saving the Planet”- is allowing BP to pollute our Gulf with a known toxin? Why?

As Mr. Kaufman says, “Follow the money.”

In his words: “Who saves money by using these toxic dispersants? Well, it’s BP. But then the next question–I’ve only seen one article that describes it–who owns BP? And I think when you look and see who owns BP, you find that it’s the majority ownership, a billion shares, is a company called BlackRock that was created, owned and run by a gentleman named Larry Fink. And Vanity Fair just did recently an article about Mr. Fink and his connections with Mr. Geithner, Mr. Summers and others in the administration. So I think what’s needed, we now know that there’s a cover-up.”

Huh.

The Vanity Fair article reveals even more. It seems that Black Rock has benefited greatly from the “gravy train of post-bailout government jobs. They have been awarded key contracts with no competitive bidding, in a process enveloped in secrecy.” It also tells us that Fink has had a long-standing relationship with Tim Geithner and Hank Paulson, the current and former Treasury Secretaries, respectively.

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

Where is the media? Why haven’t we heard more about this? Are they so “in-bed” with this administration that even an environmental issue won’t wake them up? Are we really going to allow Obama to lecture us about “Going Green” when he’s pouring millions of gallons of toxins into OUR Gulf water in an effort to help out BP?

And, once again, why is BP helping to write the Cap and Trade Energy Bill? Why?

“Fishy” is not a good enough word to describe what is happening in this government. The foxes are officially running the henhouse and we are all complicit in allowing it to happen. The Gulf waters are not Republican or Democrat, they are AMERICAN, and we all need to pay attention to what is happening, not only to the land, but to the people of this region.

If our own government it poisoning its citizens, EVERY one of them should be thrown out of office.

Hey media: Come out, come out wherever you are……

lsm

***On a sidenote: Much of this information came from Democracy Now- a left-wing website. It seems this issue transcends political affiliation.
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  1. Merle Savage
    Sunday, 25. July 2010 0:45
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Our planet is being destroyed, along with the inhabitants, one spill at a time.

BP’s deception comes as no surprise to any of us. Please American people think about it: If there had been no explosion in the beginning, would we have known about the gushing oil from the well? How many of the abandon oceans oil wells are gushing oil? Shouldn’t here be an agency that monitors all oil companies’ drilling action in our ocean beds? Oh, that’s right, there is! However, just like BP, Exxon and the rest of the oil companies, government official agencies are busy covering their lies, and dancing the Dance of Deliberate Deception. Over the last 80 years our US Government has become good at the side step dance also.

Great, the oil has stopped for now, however, Crude oil continues to invade the Gulf; as BP, the US Government, and other official agencies monitoring the toxic crude, continues to FIDDLE. That is what I called the Dance of Deliberate Deception. No one will come forward with the intestinal fortitude, and declare the obvious – that crude oil is toxic to breathe. I have been told by OSHA that a medical study cannot be conducted until after 6 months of exposure. WHAT? There have been 21 years since the exposure of the crude oil in Prince William Sound, and no one is listening. So, after 6 months of workers in the gulf breathe in the crude oil, a study can be conducted? That leads us to believe that the government is holding up the rug, while BP sweeps known reports under the same rug, and the other agencies conduct the Dance of Deliberate Deception on top of the rug.

President Obama, how about admitting that the crude oil is toxic, and demand BP provide respirators for the oil cleanup workers, and compensation for the Gulf unemployment caused by the disaster.

In 1989 Exxon told the cleanup workers the same story, that the crude oil is not toxic. Some of us are living proof of the toxic exposure, and many others have died. Please view the YouTube video, and help get the message to Gulf residents, BP crude oil cleanup workers, and President Obama. Respirators need to be supplied to oil cleanup crews.
Thank you.

Toxic Crude Oil in Gulf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M1J7U2GYA0

  • lsm
    Sunday, 25. July 2010 13:16
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    J. Ewing-
    Along with Democracy Now, I used other sources- one of which was video of the Chief of OSHA speaking about the dangers of this toxin. Another was video of the EPA whistleblower talking about the involvement of NOAH and the EPA. Another website, Gulagbound.com, affirms this information. I also delved into a few other environmental websites, one of which brought me the information on the woman who felt families should move out of the Gulf. While I admit she was probably an alarmist, she also had some valid points- especially considering that she had also worked on the Exxon Valdiz spill. The point that we can no longer trust what our government says is still the biggest point I was trying to make- sad to say that we have to delve into websites to get this info.

    lsm

  • J. Ewing
    Sunday, 25. July 2010 22:52
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    I have no doubt that this chemical can be toxic is some ways, and in some amounts, and probably moreso than ordinary household items. But I’ve been told too many things over the years– sugar’s bad, cyclamates cause cancer, aspartame is worse, better use natural sugar, you know the drill– that I like to withhold judgment, especially based on websites from organizations with an agenda. That includes, sadly, the Obama administration in particular, and perhaps our government’s bureaucracies in general.

    I don’t think respirators for cleanup crews is at all unreasonable, because even oil/gasoline fumes are bad for your health. If it’s more toxic than that, and we KNOW that with reasonable certainty, then other precautions would be appropriate. At this point, though, I am trusting government enough– especially the highly sensitive environuts at EPA– to tell us when to panic, or to prevent the need for panic. They can’t figure out how to clean up the spill and actively work against cleaning it up, but they should be making sure we aren’t making it worse.

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