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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-02-10 06:18 PM
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NOAA Director Toes BP Line; Won't Confirm Sub-Surface Oil Despite Evidence
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Edited on Wed Jun-02-10 06:25 PM by Are_grits_groceries
Despite more than three weeks of accumulating scientific evidence that gargantuan plumes of oil lurk beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico -- presenting an imminent threat to sea life and a possibly decades-long threat to the nation's coastlines -- NOAA Director Jane Lubchenco on Wednesday refused to contradict BP CEO Tony Hayward's statement over the weekend that "the oil is on the surface" and "there aren't any plumes."

Scientists on NOAA and academic research vessels have been reporting since the week of May 10 that they have spotted -- and sampled -- oil suspended in the water column. And the Huffington Post has learned that lab results from a previously secret NOAA research mission have been analyzed; its results just haven't been made public.

But to Lubchenco, the Obama appointee running the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, all the accumulated evidence is just "circumstantial."

And what others call oil, she calls "anomalies."

"I can tell you that there have been a number of anomalies identified by a number of different cruises," she told reporters in a conference call. "Those anomalies are features at various different depths in the water column that may be oil, they may be other features."

"It is quite possible that there is oil beneath the surface," Lubchenco finally acknowledged under repeated questioning. "I think there is reason to believe that may be the case." But that's as far as she would go.

"I am not at all in denial," she insisted.
There's more:

If you are in a hole, quit digging.

Even if they don't have a direct connection to this research, every scientist and scientific group has a dog in this fight. Why are they disparaging the work of scientists who have a great deal of experience and knowledge? Why are they making them sign agreements not to talk about their findings while on board the NOAA ship that just went out?

This will be a discussion among many scientists no matter what field. They will begin to wonder about accepting government money for any studies.
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