Deepwater Horizon: why I’m not worried

It’s not just the statistics that tell us how many millions of gallons might ultimately be spilled, or the stunned scientists who can only hypothesize how this unprecedented catastrophe might affect the fragile food chain and distress the ocean’s ecosystems at the very root level.
~Mark Morford, Behold our dark, magnificent horror

First things first…to those of you who are whining and bitching and finger-pointing…do something about it or shut the fuck up. In that vein, I just made a successful bike ride to and from my workplace. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be biking to and from work once a week. It’s not much, but eventually I’ll be able to bike a couple days a week and put a pretty good dent in my consumption of gasoline.

But on to the meat of this post.

I’m still not worried about the spill. And here’s why.

In 1979, an oil well called the Ixtoc I dumped approximately 71,500 barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Now, supposedly the Deepwater Horizon spill will effect the Gulf for “decades.”

Bullshit. Yes, there will be short-term damage (possibly massive amounts of it) but in the long run it’ll be the tiniest blip on the radar.

The Gulf of Mexico survived the Ixtoc I spill just fine. To my knowledge, nothing went extinct because of it. I’m willing to bet the populations impacted recovered well enough.

You have to look at it this way. The Gulf is subject to hurricanes and tropical storms every damn year. Critically endangered subspecies of beach mice don’t exactly have the Weather Channel, nor can they evacuate. It’s a well-known fact in wildlife biology that small endemic island populations go extinct very easily…especially so in areas that are prone to massive levels of disturbance. Like, for example, the fucking Gulf of Mexico.

Population gets wiped out, be it by hurricane or oil spill, and the island sits quiet for a while before some fuzzy, feathery, or scaly Adam and Eve repopulate it. It is, in fact, completely natural (there’s that special word again) for this to occur. In fact, it may even be beneficial. You never know. Nature’s excruciatingly complicated.

To sum it up: the Gulf is accustomed to high levels of disturbance. The species there have evolved in the presence of massive disruptive events that occasionally wipe out entire populations or subspecies. It’ll bounce back just fine as it always does.

Now if the fucking media would stop trying to sell people on the idea that this is going to damage the Gulf ecosystems for “years to come” I could quit fucking posting about this topic.

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One Response to “Deepwater Horizon: why I’m not worried”

  1. But the oil’s mixing with the water to form a supercombustable pyrofluid! The whole Gulf is going to go up like a nuke unless we fly Bruce Willis to the center of it!

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