by Ed Walsh
Cable news built up the BP oil spill as an environmental disaster of biblical proportions.
We were told the gulf beaches would be blackened with oil and that it could be decades before the gulf region returned to normal.
The leaking well was capped nearly two weeks ago. Now scientists now say that much of the leaked oil is disappearing on its own.
One of the first people in the media to question whether the predicted environmental disaster was overblown was scientist Dr. Bill Wattenburg who hosts a talk show on San Francisco-based radio station, KGO. Wattenburg was among the team of scientists who helped put out the oil wells that Saddam Hussein set on fire during the Iraq war.
While not downplaying the environmental damage, Wattenburg pointed out that much of the oil would likely be eaten by microorganisms and eventually absorbed into the rich food chain of the Gulf.
Since the leak has been capped, Wattenburg has been proven correct.
On Wednesday, July 28, Yahoo News reported that the oil slicks that spread for thousands of miles have “largely disappeared” with relatively little washing up on beaches.
On Monday, ABC News reported that the biggest challenge for cleanup crews lately is to find oil. ABC looked but could find no oil on the water. (See video below.)
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that reporters who flew over the Gulf on Sunday spotted only a few patches of sheen in the water and only “an occasional streak of thicker oil.” The Times also noted that radar images show that the few remaining patches of oil are breaking down quickly in the warm water.
Yahoo reports that as much as 40 percent of the oil might have evaporated when it hit the surface and that high winds from recent storms may have sped up that process. But the biggest cause for the oil’s disappearance may be as the result of it being eaten up by microbes. Those microbes thrive in the warm Gulf waters, which is why, experts say, a similar effect was not noticed after the Exxon Valdez disaster. The controversial dispersants may have helped by breaking up the oil into a form more palatable to the bacteria and fungi that feed on the oil.
Louisiana State University biologist Ed Overton told the Christian Science Monitor earlier this week, “”To bacteria, this oil spill is filet mignon, not chopped beef.”
Because the ocean floor naturally leaks oil, the oil-eating bugs have always been there. But now it appears that they are in the midst of a feeding frenzy. – More here
It’s noteworthy to me that liberal, anti-Christian, atheist, evolutionist, global warming beliver Professor Peter D. Ward of Washington, whom Art Bell interviewed a few days ago, and who refused to reply to my points as he implied he would with great confidence in his voice merely because I said to him, “May God bless you,” used this oil spill as a reason as to why people couldn’t keep drilling for oil, and liberal, anti-fundamentalist, creationist Art Bell agreed. So much for their reasoning.