On other forums when I commented that the environmental damage >>>thus far<<< has been overhyped, I got pilloried by one of my fellow Federal workers.
I don’t disagree that the environmental effects of this spill will be devastating, perhaps far more than any previous man-made disaster, but I contend that the real tragedy of this event will be that it might have been preventable. It’s too late to cry foul over spilled oil. The destruction of marine life is inevitable and unavoidable as long as human beings work and play in the marine or coastal environment. Population growth and territorial expansion will also lead to devastation of certain species. The sight of an oiled bird, marine mammal, or massive ecosystem destruction or degeneration is lamentable, perhaps maddening, but I contend that this incident wasn’t the equivalent of marine life armageddon. The real environmental threat is us, not the oil spill or dispersant use.
I am not a marine scientist, but I was a Marine Science Technician in the US Coast Guard for 29 of my 30 years active duty. I did participate in environmental and biological research in the Arctic and Antarctic for over 3 years in the 1980s, and environmental response for most of my career.
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