11 Jul '11, 7pm

Despite Millions in Hourly Profits, Exxon Oil Spill Cleanup is Paper Towels and Duct Tape via @ChrisTackett

Despite Millions in Hourly Profits, Exxon Oil Spill Cleanup is Paper Towels and Duct Tape via @ChrisTackett

But as good as the clip was at summarizing the news and giving it a historic context, what shocked me most about it was the footage of Exxon workers trying, if you can call it trying, to clean up the oil spill with paper towels. In the clip, Maddow raises the point that despite earning $5,000,000 in profits every hour Exxon (and other oil companies) are still using primitive methods to clean their spills. Be sure to watch the clip to minute 7 to see Exxon workers perform a high-tech maneuver called duct taping some paper towels together. Because, why not, right? If one paper towel absorbs some oil, surely duct taping a bunch together would make some sort of super paper towel. A few more rolls of towels and tape and we should have this river as good as new! The paper towels and duct tape creations aren't the only method for attempting to clean the oil. Exxon is also using b...

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