Rush Limbaugh: Oil Spill is Natural

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    Rush Limbaugh says there's no reason to spend millions of dollars cleaning up that massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The conservative radio host said the spill is a natural occcurence:

    “The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there. It’s natural. It’s as natural as the ocean water is.”

    Opposing Views: Rush Limbaugh: Oil Spill is Natural

    This man (and every one of his fans who actually thinks this man is credible) is an idiot!

    Represent Rush, represent.
     
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    Lets see what he says if his Palm Beach gets an oil slick.
     
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    It's the Ostrich Defense. Ignore it is best. If you cannot ignore the problem, minimize it. That way there is no problem and you bear no culpability.

    It's a convenient out for those who regard environmental safeguards as "over reaching government intrusion".

    Idiots subscribe to this defense. They bear watching.
     
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    Wait for it......
     
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    Before long, one of his faithful will run in here and tell you that you have no sense of humor and that Rush was just joking!
     
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    You people worry too much.

    In a couple of hundred years it will be as good as new.
     
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    Mind you I am not agreeing with Limbaugh that this particular spill should not be cleaned up because if it threatens coastlines and wildlife preserves, I think it must be - however natural oil spills and leaks are occurring all the time all over the world, including a massive one off the California coast right now. ISA | Natural oil leaks equal to 8–80 Exxon Valdez spills

    The spill in the Gulf of Mexico is nowhere near as large as the Santa Barbara natural occurring seep. Oil in its natural form is a part of nature, part of environment in the seas at any given time and the environment routinely handles the "clean up" of such seeps. Oil is not some kind of alien substance that never appeared in the environment or the seas until man found a use for it. Which is why there are life forms that thrive and feed off it.

    Limbaugh is 100% correct that if left alone, the seas would take care of this oil spill all by itself over time. THAT isn't the real question though -it is what kind of damage will it cause before the seas naturally remove it. If it costs more to clean it up ourselves first than the damage it might inflict -then it isn't worth cleaning up and we can allow the seas to handle it. If the cost of the damage will be more than the cost of cleaning it faster than the sea would do -then we have to clean it up. So far this spill has not hit landfall anywhere and examination of sea wildlife shows minimal if any damage. But the risk that it will get caught in currents and make landfall where the damage could be enormous still exists and we must be prepared for that. But that the seas WOULD clean it itself -absolutely it would.
     
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    but out beloved plastic islands will last and last and last--thank you science !
     
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    He was not talking about this spill Zona, but there have been natural oil spills in the ocean where they never drilled. In one such incident it was off the coast of California and they were able to cap it with a top hat, much like the one they tried to use on this man caused spill. There are some naturally occuring spills much like naturally occuring Volcanos.
     
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    Of course Zone isn't honest enough to provide the full text of what Rush said. But I will.

    RUSH: Our official climatologist, Dr. Roy Spencer has just sent me something. I've been wondering about this. He must have been reading my mind. We've got 5,000 barrels a day being spilled from the rig, and Dr. Spencer looked into it. You know, we've talked of this before. 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. (interruption) Well, the turtles may take a hit for a while, but so what? So do we! Hell, remember that story we had at the beginning of the show: The barred owl that flew into the windshield of the Wentzville, Missouri, fire truck, and they got to the fire and the thing was still hanging on out there. It had a broken wing and they took it to some animal veterinary sanctuary or hospital or something. Just give it a pain pill! Why not? That's what they had for us, and we don't even launch ourselves into the windshields of fire trucks.

    Regime SWAT Teams Sent to Gulf
     
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