The attention span of the American voter has always been troubling to me. Corporations have always factored it into their decision making.
From the beginning BP was fighting the Obama administration about their use of chemical dispersants on the oil pouring into the gulf.
The exact makeup of the dispersants is kept secret under competitive trade laws, but a worker safety sheet for one product, called Corexit, says it includes 2-butoxyethanol, a compound associated with headaches, vomiting and reproductive problems at high doses.
“There is a chemical toxicity to the dispersant compound that in many ways is worse than oil,” said Richard Charter, chairman of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.
“Right now there is a headlong rush to get this oil out of sight out of mind,” Charter said.
The use of dispersants is a trade-off between decreasing the risk to organisms that thrive on the water's surface and coastline, and possibly increasing the risk to fish populations, sea grasses and coral reefs, and creatures that live on the seafloor.
It has been clear from the beginning BP realized if we didn’t see oil washing up on our shores, we’d assume all was well.
Sure enough headlines from news outlets yell, “Where’s the oil?”
Microbes do consume quite a bit and there is evaporation but most of the oil is dispersed and down in the water column and sea floor.
I’m afraid the fact that people don’t actually see the oil will make everyone complacent. There will be augments from idiots on the right that want to believe people can’t possibly have a negative affect on our environment and that our economy can’t survive if we regulate the oil companies.
These people are spoon fed “facts” from big money. I think their level of outrage against us socialists is carefully controlled. That’s why they are an Astroturf movement. Their grass roots reach as deep as the petrochemicals they’re made of.