As the third anniversary of the disaster approaches on Saturday, we may get the results of new scientific research but already the signs are not good. Earlier this month, scientists from University of South Florida (USF) reported that the spill killed off millions of amoeba-like creatures, called the foraminifera, which form the basis of the Gulf’s aquatic food chain.
“Everywhere the plume went, the die-off went,” said David Hollander, a chemical oceanographer with USF. And of course this plume was made worse by the dispersant Corexit.
The perspective of pipeline apologists is contrary to the laws of physics and basic economics, neither of which gives a damn about politics.
More alarming is the way the tar sands industry is undermining Canadian democracy. By suggesting that anyone who questions the industry is unpatriotic, tar sands interest groups have made the industry the third rail of Canadian politics.
It’s absolutely not true that we need natural gas, coal or oil — we think it’s a myth. You could power America with renewables from a technical and economic standpoint. The biggest obstacles are social and political — what you need is the will to do it.
A president who has repeatedly identified climate change as one of humanity’s most pressing dangers cannot in good conscience approve a project that — even by the State Department’s most cautious calculations — can only add to the problem.