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June 12, 2008

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Well, how...convenient of them not to make clear what they were talking about, don't you think? This is the new talking point, and anyone who doesn't get behind the "oil drilling doesn't damage the environment anymore" argument is going to be branded unserious, an environmentalist radical, a hippie Luddite, and all kinds of things. Just watch. You heard it here first.

I wrote about this emerging talking point a while back. Recently they would say that there were no "major" oil spills in the Gulf after Katrina and Rita took down so many oil platforms. This is misleading but narrowly true. There were no "major" spills based on the Coast Guard's definition of "major". However, there were so many "minor" and "significant" oil spills, that they added up to the equivalent of seven "major" spills.

Here are photos of giant oil slicks in the Gulf after Katrina.

It was one of the worst environmental disasters in recent history.

Many thanks Oyster. I have updated with part of your post.

What's interesting is WSJ didn't even bother to make a distinction between minor and "major" oil spills. They just said "didn't cause a single oil spill."

I eagerly await the correction and apology that surely must be forthcoming from the WSJ.

Not.

And that's leaving Hurricane Rita's damage out of the stats.

Hmmmm. Former LA Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown has been pushing that line, too, after getting it from some wingnut welfare recipient named Humberto Fontova.

why are we even STILL using oil?

why are we even STILL using oil?

Plastic. Gonna be real hard to switch plastic production to non-petroleum hydrocarbons...

Like I said, watch this morph to "oil production doesn't hurt the environment (much) anymore" Real Soon Now™. It's really gross to be able to watch these things happening in real time and not being able to do anything about them -- like a train wreck in slow motion.

i hate platic.

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