As the BP Oil Spill Disaster continues to drag on, most people who are paying close attention to the details are sure that the ordeal will end up as the worst environmental catastrophe in modern industrial history.
But signs are surfacing that the eventual impact may be worse than even Keith Olbermann has yet reported (someone correct me if I’m wrong). Let’s review the latest developments:
2. Experts agree that the oil is already heading around the tip of Florida and up the east coast.
3. The blogosphere (plus Keith Olbermann and a couple of others on tv) is buzzing with what appears to be conclusive proof that oil is in fact leaking from multiple places on the sea-floor, and that this development could place in jeopardy even the relief wells which have been held up as the “final” answer to the leak, meaning those projections will likely get worse.
4. This revelation has set off a wave of indignation over the media blackout and a surge in accusations that the full scale of BP’s coverup of the truly massive impact of this disaster has been entirely hidden from American television sets, as depicted in the CBS report below, in which the Coast Guard enforces “BP’s rules.”
Over a month ago, most of the “this is way worse than everyone thinks” argument was laid out in great detail by Wayne Madsen at OilPrice.com. But was only looking at the impacts of oil. Jennifer Lance points out a major wrinkle that is barely being discussed even in the doomsday “oil-spitting hurricane” scenario: the toxic dispersants used by BP may be worse than the oil itself, creating the possibility for acid rain across all of south and up the east coast. And now, reports consistent with what would be expected of this phenomenon are starting to surface in Tennessee:
The really scary scenario is the combination of all of these factors, which no one on TV is discussing. In all honesty, the southern and eastern US could be facing a long-term challenge to basic assumptions of life as a result of this tragedy. Evacuation plans for millions of Floridians are being readied, and the emergency could realistically force a massive mobilization of federal military resources to respond. Conspiracy and crowdsourced news sites are going rabid over the implications, to the point of calling the disaster a false flag operation and calling for readers in affected areas to evacuate themselves. Time will tell how much worse it gets, how quickly.
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My next post about this topic, over at Red, Green and Blue will follow up on Jeremy’s analysis to discuss why the disaster may finally unify the most vocal ends of the left-right spectrum if this saga continues to unfold as we fear most.
What irritates you the most about how this disaster has unfolded? For me, it’s the fundamental fragility of our way of life. How can we ignore that?
David Anderson is the Founder and Publisher of Important Media. He started his first blog on the nexus of energy and environmental issues in 2006, and has focused exclusively on renewable energy, sustainability, green business and environmental politics ever since. David graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego with degrees in Political Science/International Relations and Sociology, and minors in Biology and Law. David lives in San Francisco, and tries to stop thinking about work long enough each week to eat, sleep, and play some ultimate frisbee.