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Corporations Lie

… and the government swears to it.

During the Gulf Gusher BP continually understated the amount of oil flooding into the Gulf from the well and the Interior Department approved the lie. No one was allowed near the well to verify what was going on, so until a video feed was established no one had any first hand data to work with. It wasn’t long before experts were yelling ‘Foul’ on the BP claims and we finally got some realistic numbers as to how large the disaster really was.

Ellroon keeps posting on Fukushima, and all of the lies of TEPCO that the Japanese government has accepted until it was obvious that TEPCO was lying. Radiation is still pouring out of that power plant, and it is reaching the Pacific.

Charley Pierce is continuing to cover the Keystone XL pipeline, and in today’s post, Nobody Knows How To Stop It, he highlights the continuing problems in Cold Lake, Alberta where they are attempting to stop the leaking caused by the steam injection process that was being used by the oil companies.

The provincial government of Alberta keeps accepting the claims that everything is under control and will be cleaned up, while all independent monitors are being kept out of the area.

The leaks have polluted the land and waters which has killed plants and animals. It is obvious that they don’t know how to stop the leaks, as the pressure from the steam injection has fractured the rock. They are destroying the land and ecology so a few corporations can make a lot of money.

July 23, 2013   2 Comments

More Gopherwood

Frog with umbrella

So I was going to complain yesterday about having received a foot of rain this month, but other things intruded. So now I’m going to complain about having had a foot and a half of rain this month, when we used to average 6 inches of rain for all of July, usually because a tropical storm came through.

We got 5½ of those inches tonight between 6:15 and 7:15PM from a line of thunderstorms that passed through. There might have been thunder, but I didn’t hear any over the sound of all the water hitting the roof.

Tomorrow I hope it clears long enough for me to get a picture of the lichen growing on my mailbox. It is the same lichen you normally see on live oaks, but there it is on a white metal mailbox, nominally out in direct sunlight.

We have to do something to slow down climate change.

Note: Frog with ‘umbrella’ stolen from Naked Capitalism.

July 23, 2013   2 Comments