Not the Apocalypse

The Big Slick in the Gulf of Mexico may not be quite the disaster after all. From Jonah Goldberg at NRO today:

…it increasingly appears that “the worst environmental disaster in American history” wasn’t all that bad. Yes, the loss of human life was tragic, and the loss of animal life was regrettable — but it also wasn’t that dramatic. Some birds were oiled and died, always a sad sight. But according to Time, the number of birds killed is — so far — less than 1 percent of the avian casualties of the Exxon Valdez. And to date, only three oiled mammal carcasses have been recovered. Three.

“The impacts have been much, much less than everyone feared,” federal contractor and geochemist Jacqueline Michel told Time. Ivor van Heerden, another scientist working on the spill, says “there’s just no data to suggest this is an environmental disaster. I have no interest in making BP look good — I think they lied about the size of the spill — but we’re not seeing catastrophic impacts.” He adds: “There’s a lot of hype, but no evidence to justify it.”

Obama and his anti-business Obamatons attempted, mightily, to not let this crisis go to waste.

It appears that, despite their best attempts to further cripple our economy with green nonsense and socialism, reality intrudes. The Gulf oil spill has made life nasty for the Gulf’s tourism and fishing industries, and, we should never forget, killed 11 humans. But the Obamatons could care less about actual dead people; it’s oil-soaked wildlife they seem most concerned about.

Obama’s attempts to ban all offshore drilling, thereby costing Americans their livelihood, is most telling: the environment is more important than the people who live in it.

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