Someone help me out here: I read with great interest Walt O’Brien’s analysis of WWII oil tanker losses off the U.S. Atlantic coast. They equate to double the current spill in the Gulf of Mexico, every day for six years! And yet, having tried today, I have failed to locate any scientific report detailing the ongoing environmental effects of those spills, sixty-five years after the event.
So how does this become, as a certain Mr. Brucker Bummer puts it, the greatest environmental catastrophe in U.S. history? To be sure, it’s disastrous for those American businessmen on the Gulf Coast whose livelihoods depend on the fisheries, tourism and such trades; but surely U.S. tort law will cover compensation to them, in addition to immediate Federal relief? How is this current environmental disaster (for such it surely is) the worst? Or is this simply a case of a cynical administration in Washington “not letting a good crisis go to waste”?
(Declaration: thirty years ago, as a geology undergraduate, I was for a brief period a trainee—yanks would call me an intern—attached to the Coal Division of—you guessed it… BP. Does this make me an oil shill?)
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