BP oil disaster in the Gulf killing the coral on the ocean floor

Evidence is mounting that the BP Oil Gusher is killing coral deep below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. And a layer of slim is covering the bottom in some areas.

From a report on the Wall Street Journal website – “” NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said in a statement that the coral damage observed by the scientists on the trip that just ended “capture our concern for impacts to marine life in places in the Gulf that are not easily seen.” “”

Raw Story.com reports the finding is “” a strong indication that damage from the spill could be significantly greater than officials had previously acknowledged. “”

And from Raw Story – “” “What we have at this point is the smoking gun,” said Charles Fisher, a biologist with Penn State University who led the expedition aboard the Ronald Brown, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel. “”

From government officials to BP executives, the movement has been to cover up the impact of the disaster and minimize it. It’s clear we have too few people in some facets of the corporate world who have the backbone to admit when they’re wrong and too few people in government who have the backbone to stand up to special interests.

EVERYTHING can’t be about profit. If decades ago we had the mentality we have today among some business and government leaders, we’d still be using asbestos in houses, because they would not want to challenge or cut into the profit of BIG BIZ.

Let’s be abundantly clear about this. I’m not against profit or corporations in general. But come on; where public health, the public good, the environment and our future are at stake, we need people to do what is right, not just what is profitable.

And we certainly don’t need coverups to protect those who created the largest man-made environmental disaster we’ve seen in some time. Let’s call it what it is and let’s not dance around the fact that drilling off the coast is rolling the dice against the marine wildlife, the coastal environments and the people who have jobs that depend on the coastal environments.

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