19 Aug '12, 1am

Age Of Extreme Energy Needs Extreme Caution | Earthjustice via @Earthjustice

U.S. lax about chemicals used in oil and gas operations In April 2010, a national nightmare began with a blowout into the Gulf of Mexico. But the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill were just the beginning of the disaster. We are still learning about the real damage, which is much more insidious than tar balls and slicked beaches. Recently, researchers found that the millions of gallons of chemical dispersants used to break up the oil may disrupt the Gulf of Mexico’s food chain by killing off plankton, the fuel on which marine ecosystems run. At the time of the spill, little was known about the dispersants’ health and environmental effects,but oil executives and government officials justified the risk by arguing that desperate times call for desperate measures. Welcome to the age of extreme energy, which requires us to risk the health of...

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