Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ah, Jesus - Not Corexit!!

When it comes to the pipeline giants, prime minister Slick is their boy. His government had no problem giving the sack to a couple of dozen ambassadors appointed by Harper but Slick has taken a "hands off" approach to the industry shills who have effected and continue the political capture of the National Energy Board.

And now word has come out that Trudeau's EnviroCan has approved Corexit as a dispersant for oil spills. What's wrong with that? Think of Corexit as thalidomide for the marine habitat, including the humans in coastal areas.

I'm now going to post two clips about Corexit. The first is a short teaser in which Vice TV founder, Shane Smith, discusses this vile product.  I hope that will whet your appetite for the full report that follows.

Full report:


The Green Party is demanding that the Trudeau government reverse the EnviroCan edict.

"I am deeply disappointed that our current government is continuing the trend of making decisions based on industry recommendations rather than the evidence-based decision making process we so dearly need," said Dr. Lynne Quarmby, Green Party Science Critic, and Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University.
"We know from the disastrous cleanup attempts during BP's Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 that solubilizing oil with Corexit allows the toxins in oil to permeate into bodies of humans and marine animals," Dr. Quarmby said. "In one controlled study, toxicity to planktonic organisms was more than 50 times higher when Corexit was added. As we saw in the BP Gulf spill, Corexit causes oil to sink - out of sight, out of mind seems to be the environmentally disastrous plan."

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada, added: "Corexit is a highly controversial chemical that doesn't actually disperse ocean oil spills so much as it makes oil sink to the ocean floor, where it is consumed by ocean life," Ms. May said.

"Environment Canada concluded there would be no expected important environmental effects, either positive or negative, by using this toxic chemical, despite growing scientific evidence that Corexit intensifies the toxicity of oil. This government promised to do better by relying on science and evidence-based decision making. This decision falls short and must be reversed," Ms. May said.

H/T Toby for the link.


Anonymous said...

Great way to get rid of those pesky people!

Toby said...

This might be a good time for our missing in action Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna, to actually stand up for the environment.

The Mound of Sound said...

Rise up? What a fanciful notion, Toby. The new shop functions pretty much like the old shop. Getting out of line is hardly encouraged. That they're going for dispersants at all is enough proof that their concerns for the safety of our coast are pure travesty.

Pamela Mac Neil said...

Wow! Just Wow!! I was not aware of this at all Mound. Thx for posting. I watched both video's through. Trudeau's approval of this chemical (corexit) in spite of the harm it does to marine life and to people's health and very lives is solidifying for me a judgement about his character that I have been suspecting of him for awhile now. Now having read your posting I am no longer suspect, I am certain. How his political decisions effect the lives of human beings mean nothing to him. Approving a chemical that when used, can severely harm people's health or even kill them, so what. He is not only indifferent to people's suffering, he is indifferent to the fact that some of the political decisions he makes will only add to that suffering.An example of this is the suffering of the Palestinian people being increased by Trudeau's support of the BDS motion.

If you are in a position, which he is, where you can make political decisions that alleviate people's suffering that shows a genuine compassion for people. What does Trudeau show when he makes a decision that causes or increases people's suffering? While psychologically this does not peg him as a killer, it does show that he has no problem with cavorting with and sanctioning killers. What drives him has been hard to know, because he is very hard to read.
I think though after we strip away the layers we'll be left looking at an indifferent coward. I have no illusions about Trudeau. He will do alot of damage to Canada's democracy and may turn out to be one of Canada's worse Prime Ministers.

My heart goes out to the people in Louisiana.

Steve said...

Cancer will kill you long time
so take this for a short time

Steve said...

Bee death is just the start of the depopulating=

Lorne said...

This is stunning news, Mound. All those currently besotted by Justin should watch and read about this environmental betrayal.

The Mound of Sound said...

This was put up on YouTube in February, 2015. I'm not sure when it aired on HBO. Already a Vice fan, I have real confidence in their journalism. That's why I was gutted when I first watched this report.

Then to read that Environment Canada has approved Corexit for use in Canada I realized that this must be another example of government allowing industry to call the shots.

Dana said...

Today's opportunity to kill off a major river. Perhaps by using corexit they can ensure that everything dies.

The Mound of Sound said...

I liked the approach taken by North Battlefield. "Oh we'll just wait it out. The river will flush it right past us in a day or two. Nothing to see here. Move along."

Toby said...

Elizabeth May has come out against Corexit.

I sent an email to Environment Minister McKenna and suggested that she do her job or step out of the way and let Elizabeth May do it.

I don't expect a reply.

The Mound of Sound said...

Thanks for that information, Toby. You have spared me some embarrassment. I had it on my "to do" list for this afternoon to fire an angry rocket at the Green Party for letting this slip.

You've made me a happy Green again. For that I thank you.