Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Why we have so much missing environmental information:


So many are ready to declare that the Gulf has recovered from the BP Oil Spill when the research hasn’t been completed.  

The read tragedy about getting all the information we need to know about such a large environmental disaster as the BP Oil Spill is that there are so many ‘interested parties’ involved in the outcome.  Many of these ‘interested parties’, are companies who don’t want to get sued, companies and people who need to get compensated, and all the legal issues associated with all this. 

In the end, it’s this attitude of self-interest that is ruling the discovery process of learning about the immediate and long-term effects of this major oil spill.  In truth, it should probably take a legion of experts on many level s and years of pains taking effort to find out how something like a major oil spill is affecting something so complex as the Gulf ecology. 

But, we probably won’t get the kind of research that is supposed to be done because the truth—what is happening to our environment—plays second fiddle to those with special interests.

'Quagmire Of Bureaucracy' Stifles Gulf Spill Research : NPR Although images of dead birds and blackened marshes in the Gulf of Mexico are gone, many scientists say it's too early to declare a recovery. They suspect there could be hidden damage to the Gulf's marine life and marshes. And some of these scientists say research on the effects of the spill has been delayed or kept secret. Among them is Michael Crosby, a senior scientist at Florida's Mote Marine Laboratory. The Gulf of Mexico is his baby. He was thrilled last year when BP promised to give scientists $500 million to research how the spill will affect marine life in the Gulf. Eleven months later, he's still waiting to see the money.  (April 21, 2011)  Environment : NPR

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