The Convenience of the Government’s Numbers

See? The oil isn't everywhere, that gray part? no oil

The marshes and wetlands along the Gulf are still covered in crude.


Don’t blame you with all of the information that has been coming from British Petroleum, the federal government and the mainstream media outlets, but In Pass-A-Loutre, Louisiana, oil still clings stubbornly to marsh cane, and each day’s high tide picks up the goo and leaks it back into the ocean

“I’m losing trust in the whole system,” said Willie Davis, a 41-year-old harbormaster in Pass Christian, Miss. “If they don’t get up off their behinds and do something now, it’s gonna be years before we’re back whole again.”

“The good news is people are seeing less oil, but the bad news is the oil trapped in the marshes is moving out with the tides and sticking on the marsh cane,” said Maura Wood, an oceanographer with the National Wildlife Foundation, on a boat trip to the marshes of Pass-A-Loutre, La. “And that could kill it.”

And these kind of stories go to the heart of what is wrong with the government’s estimates. The numbers, hard to be prove or disprove serve their interests in a win-win situation. It doesn’t matter how much oil is found in the marshes or out in the open Gulf waters, the government can conveniently point to their statistics and show how they never said all the oil was gone while they also get to maintain their “75% of the oil gone” figures as accurate.

They don’t lose.

But the Gulf of Mexico and everyone who lives there, works there?

Yeah, they lose, big-time.

Read the article:

Crude still coats marshes and wetlands along Gulf

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