“Anything from cybersecurity, biosecurity, information technology and privacy issues are all things the government now has the responsibility to be worried about,” she says. “Those are all things that scientific and technical backgrounds can be used for.”
…She is one of the nine STEM-related professionals – one senator and eight members of the House of Representatives — voted into office during the 2018 midterms. All are Democrats except for one Republican and the cohort includes an ocean scientist, an aerospace engineer, a software engineer and a biochemist.
Not that I have much confidence that it will making a fucking bit of difference in terms of our domestic approach to climate change and keeping petroleum products and chemicals out of the ocean and other waterways and keeping our seafood and water supplies from becoming contaminated with toxicity and poisons but it’s a start. And a start is a good thing.
We often have false assumptions about those with opposing stances. Instead of treating the other person like a one-dimensional stereotype, find shared values and build out from there.
The Coast Guard has ordered the company responsible for an oil spill that has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for 14 years to clean up the environmental catastrophe or face a $40,000 per day fine.
…Taylor allowed a broken oil platform off the coast of southeast Louisiana to leak an estimated 10,500 gallons to 29,000 gallons of oil per day, five to 13 times larger than the government’s initial estimates.
…Taylor’s oil spill has been a source of concern for some time. The site — Mississippi Canyon-20, which lies south of the Mississippi River delta — took a hit from Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The storm wrecked Taylor’s platform and triggered the massive spill, resulting in years of legal back-and-forth between the company and the Interior Department, which has contended that Taylor has an obligation to fix the oil wells at the site.
…Taylor no longer produces oil and a trust account was established in 2008, which the government required in order to allow the company to decommission its wells. Nine of the 28 wells at the Mississippi delta site have been plugged and Taylor says it can’t reach the others without risking more spillage. The company now wants the rest of the $666 million trust to be returned to it, arguing it has done everything it can, but the Interior Department says Taylor needs to finish plugging the remaining wells.
Disgusting this was allowed to go on for 14 years. George Bush may not have liked black people but (sadly) BHO didn’t give a flying fuck about the Gulf Coast either.
$40,000 a day is chump change com paired to the long-term costs of cleaning it up. There should be criminal charges filed by this point.
Pluggin nine of twenty-eight well is not even close to “everything it can” do and it sure as shit doesn’t even get close to resolving the problems the company created by themselves. Make a mess? Clean it up. All up. Completely. Or face much more dire consequences than a fine to a trust fund should be the rule of law.
When plastic is exposed to sunlight, it releases methane and ethylene. Both gases contribute to global warming. The biggest culprit is a type of plastic called LDPE.
….“It is the type of plastic that is the most produced, consumed, and discarded in the environment. For example, the rings around the beer cans, some forks and knives that are being used in restaurants, some kinds of plastic bags as well.”
…The emissions increase over time as the plastic breaks down in the environment. As it forms smaller and smaller particles with more surface area, more gases are released.