Limbaugh on BP: "the ocean's pretty tough, it just eats it up. "

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    I'm posting this thread for my good buddy, CrackedEggsInTheAttic...
    he loves Rush Limbaugh threads...

    Mr. Limbaugh predicted that the BP leak hype was one of those 'constant crisis' tactics...
    and that the ocean, nature itself would take care of the leak:

    "RUSH LIMBAUGH: There's natural seepage into oceans all over the world from the ocean floor of oil -- and the ocean's pretty tough, it just eats it up. Dr. Spencer looked into this. You know the seepage from the floor of the Gulf is exactly 5,000 barrels a day, throughout the whole Gulf of Mexico now. It doesn't seep out all in one giant blob like this thing has, but the bottom line here is: Even places that have been devastated by oil slicks like... What was that place up in Alaska where the guy was drunk, ran a boat aground? (interruption) Prince William Sound. They were wiping off the rocks with Dawn dishwater detergent and paper towels and so forth. The place is pristine now. You do survive these things. I'm not advocating don't care about it hitting the shore or coast and whatever you can do to keep it out of there is fine and dandy, but the ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and was left out there. It's natural. It's as natural as the ocean water is."] Regime SWAT Teams Sent to Gulf


    You're not gonna believe this, from Time Magazine:
    "..it does not seem to be inflicting severe environmental damage. "The impacts have been much, much less than everyone feared," says geochemist Jacqueline Michel, a federal contractor who is coordinating shoreline assessments in Louisiana....the spill killed birds - but so far, less than 1% of the birds killed by the Exxon Valdez. Yes, we've heard horror stories about oiled dolphins - but, so far, wildlife response teams have collected only three visibly oiled carcasses of any mammals. Yes, the spill prompted harsh restrictions on fishing and shrimping, but so far, the region's fish and shrimp have tested clean, and the restrictions are gradually being lifted. And, yes, scientists have warned that the oil could accelerate the destruction of Louisiana's disintegrating coastal marshes - a real slow-motion ecological calamity - but, so far, shorelines assessment teams have only found about 350 acres of oiled marshes, when Louisiana was already losing about 15,000 acres of wetlands every year. [...]"there's just no data to suggest this is an environmental disaster. .... "There's a lot of hype, but no evidence to justify it." ...the BP spill will be a comparative blip; he predicts that the oil will destroy fewer marshes than the airboats deployed to clean up the oil. "We don't want to deny that there's some damage, but nothing like the damage we've seen for years," he says.
    The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated? -- Printout -- TIME
    (emphasis mine)

    A tip of the hat from Time, for Rush Limbaugh?

    Quick...intervention for CrackedEggs!
     
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    And people like you and Limpbaugh are naturally stupid.

    Oil is an organic compound, and the process of biological processing of it will create an even greater area of hypoxia and anoxic waters in the Gulf.




    SCIENCE FOCUS: DEAD ZONES — GES DISC: Goddard Earth Sciences, Data & Information Services Center

    This is not the title of a sequel to a Stephen King novel. "Dead zones" in this context are areas where the bottom water (the water at the sea floor) is anoxic — meaning that it has very low (or completely zero) concentrations of dissolved oxygen. These dead zones are occurring in many areas along the coasts of major continents, and they are spreading over larger areas of the sea floor. Because very few organisms can tolerate the lack of oxygen in these areas, they can destroy the habitat in which numerous organisms make their home.

    The cause of anoxic bottom waters is fairly simple: the organic matter produced by phytoplankton at the surface of the ocean (in the euphotic zone) sinks to the bottom (the benthic zone), where it is subject to breakdown by the action of bacteria, a process known as bacterial respiration. The problem is, while phytoplankton use carbon dioxide and produce oxygen during photosynthesis, bacteria use oxygen and give off carbon dioxide during respiration. The oxygen used by bacteria is the oxygen dissolved in the water, and that’s the same oxygen that all of the other oxygen-respiring animals on the bottom (crabs, clams, shrimp, and a host of mud-loving creatures) and swimming in the water (zooplankton, fish) require for life to continue.

    The "creeping dead zones" are areas in the ocean where it appears that phytoplankton productivity has been enhanced, or natural water flow has been restricted, leading to increasing bottom water anoxia. If phytoplankton productivity is enhanced, more organic matter is produced, more organic matter sinks to the bottom and is respired by bacteria, and thus more oxygen is consumed. If water flow is restricted, the natural refreshing flow of oxic waters (water with normal dissolved oxygen concentrations) is reduced, so that the remaining oxygen is depleted faster.
     
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    Mother Nature has a pretty good system for fixing catastrophies, whether they are natural or manmade. We shouldn't be surprised by how efficient it is.
     
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    Why is it that you immediatley call the OP stupid?

    Get back to us when there are "dead zones" in The Gulf of Mexico.
     
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    "the ocean's pretty tough, it just eats it up...

    ...but it's Obama's fault anyway." The rest of the story?!?! :cool:
     
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    Limbaught had a field day with this today. He pointed out that they call him "obnoxious" because he is always right. Gotta love Rush!!!! He was the only one with the balls to state the truth when this "disaster" began, and he was right.
     
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    Mighty oil-eating microbes help clean up the Gulf - Yahoo! News
     
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    LOL!!! He's always right in his own mind and the dittoheads couldn't remember what he said yesterday anyway! :cool:
     
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    Oooh, rocky...are you sulking because I dedicated this OP to CrackedEggs?

    Hey, I haven't forgotten that you were the othe obsessed poster....
     
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    Weird:eusa_eh:
     

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