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I watched the 60 Minutes piece. It was terrible.It started with Ken Feinberg talking about such a fine job he did and about how all those lazy Loozianians just want to cash a quick check. No mention whatsoever of all the controversies under Feinberg.Patrick Juneau didn't react too well to being under the Kleig lights.Ted Olson (BP's contracted lawyer on appellate level) pretty much promised to take it all the way to SCOTUS and try and have them throw the settlement out.
David Hammer debunks every BP statement made on the 60 Minutes piece.http://www.wwltv.com/news/eyewitness/davidhammer/BP-fighting-claims-process-that-it-agreed-to-258401891.htmlExcellent read
And Jim Roy couldn't verbalize that causation is so subjective that proving losses is nearly impossible. A real shame.
See Greg Palast`s story about BP and Deepwater Horizon over at Truthdig or on his website, www.gregpalast.com
NY Times on new Macondo Bird Study http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/06/science/still-counting-gulf-spills-dead-birds.html 600,000-800,000 birds killed in Macondo (Exxon Valdez =300k). One species, the laughing gull, had 40% of its total population wiped out. More: http://blog.nwf.org/2014/05/study-estimates-around-800000-birds-killed-during-bp-oil-spill/As Jason has said, it's the environmental toll that's the least reported and least understood story...
600 000 to 800 000 birds so far! 40% of the laughing Gull population! Holy fuck. Thanks for that story, Clay. After the blowout, scientists from all over were mobilizing volunteers to help with bird banding and bird counts of the migrating populations. The disaster happened at a bad time for many bird species that travel from wintering grounds far down South up to summer breeding grounds way up North. Communities all along the ancient migration routes were watching the oil spread and the dispersants on TV and waiting for their birds to show up. Environmental catastrophes on this scale are local disasters far, far beyond the places where they actually happen, as those migrating birds are part of localized ecosystems and regional food webs and folkways all across the Americas, North and South.
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