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    Re: The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    So basically, you just want to bitch rather than debate an issue.

    Glad we cleared that up before I decided to waste time with you.
    To be clear I wasn't talking about the OP, I was talking about that crazy conspiracy jujuman posted.
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    Re: The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Perchance not, but I don't think we can accurately say at this point the extent of the damage. There is a ton of media coverage and the whole of it can seem overblown. But at the same accord, we do know that the damage, whatever it may end up being, will be extensive. You're not going to have a spill of this magnitude without major impacts on the local environment.
    And I am certainly not denying that there will be damage. But in going back to the Valdez spill...it was the end of the world when that happened. And now, 10 years later, life in Valdez and the whole of the Prince William sound is back to normal. Commercial fishing is the big industry, tourism flourishes even in a weak economy...and that's in a sound where the dilution factor was significantly minimized by frigid waters and nowhere for the oil to travel out.

    I don't think the gulf is going to be the tragedy everyone keeps making it out to be.

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    Re: The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    To be clear I wasn't talking about the OP, I was talking about that crazy conspiracy jujuman posted.
    Ohhhhhhh. Ok, sorry. I completely misunderstood that.

    Yeah that was full on Beck's chalkboard style nuttery.

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    Re: The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    And I am certainly not denying that there will be damage. But in going back to the Valdez spill...it was the end of the world when that happened. And now, 10 years later, life in Valdez and the whole of the Prince William sound is back to normal. Commercial fishing is the big industry, tourism flourishes even in a weak economy...and that's in a sound where the dilution factor was significantly minimized by frigid waters and nowhere for the oil to travel out.

    I don't think the gulf is going to be the tragedy everyone keeps making it out to be.
    Maybe, maybe not. But I think that when we talk about the damage being exaggerated, we don't actually know that yet since the full extent of the damage isn't known. It suffices to say that the damage will be significant. Now has this incident been over reported? Sickeningly so, while other things go well under reported. But over reporting does not necessarily mean exaggeration and since we cannot say the full extent, we cannot yet say if it has been exaggerated.
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    Re: The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    That the Admin is using this for political gain and lying to achieve rather then a measured, responsible approach to the situation.
    How are they using this for political gain?
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    Re: The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    Ohhhhhhh. Ok, sorry. I completely misunderstood that.

    Yeah that was full on Beck's chalkboard style nuttery.
    No problem, I just didn't want to quote that big of a post if my post was going to be directly under it.
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    Re: The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Perchance not, but I don't think we can accurately say at this point the extent of the damage. There is a ton of media coverage and the whole of it can seem overblown. But at the same accord, we do know that the damage, whatever it may end up being, will be extensive. You're not going to have a spill of this magnitude without major impacts on the local environment.
    On the surface, you are correct. A Lot of oil spilt. However, the impact should be greatest now, and slowly recede with time. We're seeing little impact and rapid recetion of the oil and it's impact. While no one will argue that there will be long term effects, the likihood of massive impact is rapidly fading into a more low grade impact.
    Climate, changes. It takes a particularly uneducated population to buy into the idea that it's their fault climate is changing and further political solutions can fix it.



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    Re: The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dane View Post
    How are they using this for political gain?
    They aren't I'm just saying it to annoy true believers like you.

    (that's sarcasm btw).
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    Re: The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    On the surface, you are correct. A Lot of oil spilt. However, the impact should be greatest now, and slowly recede with time. We're seeing little impact and rapid recetion of the oil and it's impact. While no one will argue that there will be long term effects, the likihood of massive impact is rapidly fading into a more low grade impact.
    We shall see when the measurements come in
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