Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gulf update: Sea Life Flourishing & 99.6% Fed waters OPEN

Ooops, sorry eco-greenie-warriors, the Gulf of Mexico is recovering on its own as many experts predicted.

Lou Dolinar at National Review points out: "The Great Oil Spill Panic of 2010 will go down in history as mass hysteria on par with the Dutch tulip bubble."

"The catastrophists were wrong (again) about the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. There have been no major fish die-offs. On the contrary, a comprehensive new study says that in some of the most heavily fished areas of the Gulf of Mexico, various forms of sea life, from shrimp to sharks, have seen their populations triple since before the spill. Some species, including shrimp and croaker, did even better."

"The growth of the fish population is not occurring because oil is good for fish. Rather, it is occurring because fishing is bad for fish. When fishing was banned for months during the spill, the Gulf of Mexico experienced an unprecedented marine renaissance that overwhelmed any negative environmental consequences the oil may have had, researchers say.

Even the researchers themselves, however, were surprised by the results."

"The Dauphin Island Sea Lab, a teaching and research consortium of 22 colleges and universities in Alabama, ran the fish-population study. Asked why the group has been virtually invisible in the national media, Valentine says that, unlike some scientists, they refrained from speculating about the impact of the spill until they had real evidence.

Although the early report has not been peer reviewed, it is credible — this kind of research isn’t anything new for the Sea Lab folks. They’ve been conducting surveys off the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama for years, which gives them a baseline with which to compare the post-spill numbers. Their methodology is powerful because it is simple and straightforward: They drag a net through eleven different survey sites up to 60 miles off the coast, then weigh, classify, and count the critters they snare.

According to Valentine, the last word will come in the spring — before heavy commercial fishing begins again — with a follow-up study."

Hence the OOOPS!

"These new studies are more bad news for headline-hunting journalists and the establishment environmentalists who have been cheering for the death of the Gulf of Mexico in service of their green agenda."

Oh yeah and "NOAA Reopens More Than 8,000 Square Miles in the Gulf of Mexico to Fishing" as of November 15, 2010 which means "99.6 percent of federal waters now open."

Sorry greenies, the Gulf will recover on its own... it don't need ya.

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