IAN MacDONALD: Well, what’s happening now, we can confirm that the oil that had been visible, that had been so troubling to us and to the ecosystem, as floating layers on the surface of the ocean, has largely disappeared from view. But that does not mean that it’s gone from the ecosystem or gone from our problems. Much of that oil has either sunk to the bottom and has become shallowly buried in marine sediments or in coastal soils, where it will pose, as I said, a threat to the ecosystem for years to come, or potentially it remains in dissolved layers both at the surface and in the deepwater layers that Reddy and Camille Li and his other colleagues at Woods Hole referred to. And as you said at the opening, this scenario of where the oil is and the concerns that it raises about the future of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem contradict the way in which this government report of August 4th was rolled out by Jane Lubchenco and by Carol Browner.
AMY GOODMAN: Talk about how this study by NOAA was done by the National Oceanographic institute.
IAN MacDONALD: Well, the hearing on Thursday before Representative Markey’s subcommittee was pretty remarkable. The questioning went on for over an hour and a half. And during the course of the questioning of the three government witnesses that were there—Bill Lehr of NOAA, Paul Anastas of Food and Drug—of EPA, and Don Kraemer of the Food and Drug Administration—Markey focused on Lehr and made Lehr roll back the statement that three-quarters of the oil was gone. And he was obliged to admit that, in fact, probably 80 percent of the oil is still in the ecosystem.
It seemed clear from Lehr’s testimony that what happened was that he and other scientists at NOAA compiled a report, which they intended as an internal document for the responders so that they could understand the different categories of oil, what had happened to these oil—this budget, as it were, to guide some of the response efforts, and at some point, this report, intended as a private document, became a very public document and was presented by Lubchenco, Browner and by the White House as a scientific result, definitively showing that the oil was gone and inferring that there was little further threat to the ecosystem. What was presented as scientific fact is largely conjectural and contained no references to the scientific literature, none of the algorithms or formulas or other information that would allow investigators or independent investigators to assess what had been done. So this made what should have been science into a policy and a PR exercise, and that’s an unfortunate turn of events in informing the public about the next—future of this oil disaster.
that's from monday's democracy now and barack and the entire administration are lying about the oil. oil does not vanish. oil cannot be eaten by birds so they didn't swoop down and get rid of it nor did fish nibble on it and nibble some more until it was all gone.
the administration is lying.
and lying to buy some time. we do realize that was what b.p.'s major announcements were all along? npr and others reported after the spewing was minimized (i don't think it's been stopped) that 'top kill' (or whatever it was called) and the others were always known to be non-workable but that b.p. would talk it up and it would get in the news cycle.
these things that wouldn't work would get in the news cycle and distort the flow of the news.
it would be 'this may work' and we wouldn't deal with reality.
b.p. did very good p.r.
but - and i made my money in public relations - it couldn't have done such a great job without intense help from the federal government.
barack and the administration are lying.
and that tells you everything you need to know.
they aren't to be trusted with the environment.
and supposedly we all care about the environment. supposedly the president we elected in 2008 was supposed to give a damn about the environment and address the issues of global warming. you don't see barack addressing them do you?
al gore's movie was supposed to have awakened a nation.
barack's apparently put them back to sleep.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'