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Will the Green Taliban rejoice or grieve?

  • April 10th, 2013

There is a heartwarming BBC report of research showing that nature largely detoxified BP's Deepwater Horizon contamination  of the Gulf of Mexico within 18 months. The conclusions are astonishing, and far less qualified than one would expect for such a significant reversal of previous beliefs.

Even more comforting is the finding that the interventions of panicky environmentalists slowed the detoxification down and exacerbated the damage. 

This may not do much for the US lawsuits against BP. There would appear to be grounds for BP to argue that 'mitigation' was as much a problem as their initial negligence.

We'll need to find out if our waters have similar organisms, and similar effectiveness. Hopefully New Zealanders can be more relaxed about the practical inability of our small economy to  spray dispersants over our vast coastlines. More to the point, we might leave the next Rena more to nature.

Because there were no records of oil spills from wartime sinkings causing ecological disaster for us and our fisheries, and our long history of great volcanic releases into our seas, I was always suspicious of the catastrophy wallowers who lept onto the Rena "disaster". They fanned grotesque fears of oil to fuel iwi ignorance and keep up the woe levels. Sadly no national politician was prepared to risk a bit of sanguine common sense on the topic.

It will be interesting to see whether this research will reassure or simply inflame the people currently satisfying their need for enemies and anxiety, by pestering us about possible Great South Basin or the East Coast exploratory drilling.

I'll be amazed if they take it as the wonderful news it is. Those of a clerical bent really need to feel that humans will suffer for prosperity, and oil consumption is the perfect symbol of our wealth and ease. Unlike their credulity on receipt of "bad" news, they will refuse to accept this research until it has been minutely validated everywhere. Anything that may comfort environmental sinners is to be denied (because it is just too embarrassing to deplore it openly).



Add to this the widespread back-down on the effects of anthropogenic global warming (see here for a list of recent articles), and the environmental movement credibility is starting to look a little sick. But, then again, it was never about the science, was it?


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  • Daniel McCaffrey
  • April 11th, 2013
  • 4:05 am

It has never been about science with the Greens.
They are a religion. The core zealots of this secular religion cannot be dissuaded by facts or rational argument.
One thing that does happen however to secular religions, Communism and socialism, as opposed to religious religions is that when the rewards promised in this life,economic prosperity and equality do not eventuate the believers get out on the streets and sweep them into the dustbin of History
As the Green promises of eternal energy, apocalyptic warming, divine environmentally driven world government and holy sustainability prove to be false and futile then the windmills will disappear the greens vanish from the parliaments and our economy recovers from their unrealistic pipe dreams we will wonder how the population and politicians were so gullible.

  • Roger Strong
  • April 22nd, 2013
  • 4:54 pm

Saturday’s NZ Herald had a whole article on what a continuing disaster the Gulf spill was and is. They don’t want or like good news. The Greens are about the sky falling. I agree with Daniel and sooner they are in the dustbin of history the better. They give the word conservation a very bad odour!

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