So how bad is the Deepwater disaster, really?

Oil well in Kuwait, Gulf War

The WSJ has a horrifying piece today from an oceanographer who clearly knows his carrots, claiming that the oil gusher’s effects will be felt around the world for decades to come.

Fair enough, but because I found it curious that the author mentioned a previous huge oil well blow out in the Gulf, the Ixtoc 1, yet didn’t discuss the damage it caused, I looked it up. Turns out, that well flowed into the very same Gulf waters that Deepwater is now polluting , for ten months. and seems to have caused little damage, none of it long term or permanent.

Then there’s the Kuwait Oil disaster, brought on the world by the late Saddam Hussein and deemed number one in history.

The largest oil spill the world has seen exacted little permanent damage on coral ecosystems and local fisheries, according to a report by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission at Unesco. The study concluded that about half the oil evaporated, one-eighth of it was recovered and another quarter washed ashore, mostly in Saudi Arabia.

So maybe – I know this sounds nuts – we should wait a bit before declaring the end of the world.


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7 responses to “So how bad is the Deepwater disaster, really?

  1. Last Liberal Standing

    Pshaw. It’s never too early to proclaim the end of the world. James Howard Kunstler does it every Monday, under the heading C— F— (No, Not CF) Nation:

    I’ve been reading his jeremiads for the past decade. He’s hilarious (and not altogether crazy) in his eager doomsday prophecies. His only problem: He’s always wrong. So far.

  2. pulled up in OG

    When a top hat was called a sombrero.

  3. Chinatown

    you guys can laugh at this. this is freaking bad for our children.

    • I’m not laughing, Chinatown, and as I noted, the WSJ article is sobering, scary and written by a very accomplished oceanographer whose entire career was spent studying ocean currents. So yeah, it could be horrific. On the other hand, experience with past spills indicates that it may not be quite as bad as we fear, That’s all.

  4. out looking in

    gets the jokers air time on the tele…call in the grizz

  5. Lisa

    Have you seen the current video coverage of drenched birds? They look completely subdued and covered with thick slime. Disgusting and heart-wrenching. What did they do to deserve this?