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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 03:21 PM
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BP oil spill partly blamed for Gulf dolphin deaths
Source: Straits Times

MIAMI - THE deaths of over 150 dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico so far this year is due in part to the devastating 2010 BP oil spill and the chemical dispersants used to contain it, a report said on Thursday.

A total of 153 dolphins have been found in the Gulf so far in 2011, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Sixty-five of the mammals were babies.

In a study on the effects of the spill, marine expert Graham Worthy of the University of Central Florida, along with 26 other experts, said the dolphins were found in a part of the Gulf that saw nearly five million barrels of crude leak in the worst oil spill in US history.

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'If oil and the dispersants have disrupted the food chain, this may have prevented the mother dolphins from getting adequate nutrition and building up the insulating blubber they needed to withstand the cold.' -- AFP

Read more: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIStory_673214.html



:grr: Huh? :shrug: BP's oil only "partly" to blame? Yes, the cold water was to blame, too---but the dolphins needed blubber and their food chain was disrupted. I don't see the "partly" at all. Food chain disruptions + location of dead dolphins where blowout occurred = BP's 100% to blame. :grr: Why is this "partly?" :shrug:
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 03:22 PM
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1. We realists give BP (R) full credit
Edited on Fri May-27-11 03:23 PM by SpiralHawk
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 03:24 PM
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2. I agree. Where are the penalties, DOJ?
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 03:58 PM
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5. If mega-bonuses are now called 'penalties', they have been served.
And these 'penalties' will continue to be served.

Capitalists Rule.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 03:24 PM
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4. Spill only partly to blame
perhaps someone should point out that Corexit kind of fucked things up, too :grr:
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 04:00 PM
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6. No matter what the goop that offed the dolphins, it is RepubliconThink (R)
that brought it about. Drill Baby Drill -- is their ugly Republicon mantra in the face of all the MASSIVE PROBLEMS it causes, and that we taxpayers must then strive to remedy by cleaning up after the RepuliWankers who created the messes & deaths & mayhem.

Without Republicon obstruction, America would have clean renewable energy systems fully in place right now. We knew all this shit was coming down in the 1970s as we sat in lines waiting to fill up our cars. Republicons have blocked every single initiative to get us off our PLANET DESTROYING addition to oil.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 04:01 PM
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7. All true, SpiralHawk
All true :(
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 04:50 PM
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11. Sadly for the dolphins and for America, 'tis true - 'tis true
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ohnoyoudidnt Donating Member (250 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 03:24 PM
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3. Yes, and people don't die from getting shot.
It's all the bleeding.
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HockeyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 04:12 PM
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8. Do people really believe all that oil is GONE?
Evaporated? POOF! Everybody in the water. Good luck to you years down the road.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 04:16 PM
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9. That is how the news media is presenting it.
Edited on Fri May-27-11 04:18 PM by truedelphi
Big headlines maybe two, three months back - that not as much oil as suspected is being found in the Gulf.

Well, the Corexit basically vaporized the oil so that it is now in the sea life. And the Corexit had embedded itself and the miniscule oil molecules into the sediment. Massive amounts of it - but just not near the surface where they are pretending that would be.
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 04:19 PM
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10. Tony Hayworth should go to jail. Partly my a**!
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