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Now back to the real world.
The oil spill.
Authority unleashed three and a half million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Following that catastrophic explosion on April 20 that killed eleven workers on the rig.
With Dick blobs of -- now washing up on Alabama's beaches with fishing grounds closed and it layoffs beginning -- hurt is spreading as fast as the oil split.
The oil slick weather environment the lawyer Gladstone Jones represents fisherman property owners and the victims of the yeah.
The families of victims on that oil rigging explosion he was in the in court on Friday -- -- thank you for before being being with us so.
First of all the property -- -- -- -- -- cause of action at that oil -- on to their beach.
That most certainly do.
And there's going to be a wide variety of property owners is going to be built people that own ball land.
They're gonna be people that -- hotels they're going to be people without hot dog stands and are gonna have business particularly.
For example in dauphin island today where the reports are the oil was washing up on the on the beaches.
And what about the fisherman that -- I heard 900.
Oyster -- already laid off it would seem that the economic hurt is just beginning and that's not even talking about tourist.
Well I mean I think that the end of the day -- -- can be summed up like this sprawled out these fishermen are going to be starving to death here in short order.
We we've been in contact with many many of them and for the large part a lot of the men -- -- on the -- salaam -- particularly in Vietnamese community we've been discussing things with.
It was just in economic disaster across the board.
And we're very concerned about them and and and we hope to BP will give out there and do with -- -- to to help these people as quickly as possible and then I should say it's escalating as of today.
The options are are really pretty much giving pretty thin on how BP is gonna stop this disaster.
And it's very alarming I think is a very important day.
In in the grand scheme of things as to what's gonna happen what we can expect to happen over the next couple weeks.
It's MI percent unit and in that regard here's Craig on the scene of the disaster that could change though we think about energy and the environment.
Well -- in the Gulf of Mexico just south of Gulfport Mississippi.
And we're finding some of the -- -- out here in the gulf it's pretty apparent.
With -- -- he says conservationists he's seen the effects of oil spills and Valdez Alaska.
What do you compare this lick our -- compared to -- two what happened the last.
Exxon Valdez -- released for your 50000 tons of very heavy crude oil and do it and shore.
Coastal environment this one this coming from offshore.
It takes it you know takes its time to reach the surface Steiner who worked on the cleanup efforts to be Exxon Valdez has a dire warning for the long term impact.
You can have it for years to come we'll see the C Greg colonies data Breton island.
Our on net seabirds are -- they're not there's thousands of NASA and thousands of bags back half of them hatched.
The adults are having to feed those young from fish from the oil -- I don't think it's worth posting this kind of a risk.
To those precious environments that we all love.
Even Greenpeace recognizes America's need to be energy independent and started scoffs at conspiracy theories.
That the Obama administration was slow to respond.
Because it secretly wanted to undermine.
Offshore oil industry I think that's kind of ludicrous -- has placed a ban on fishing and most of the golf costing billions with the band an overreaction.
There isn't it possible that this water this big body of water will just churn and so watch this stuff out.
Let's hope so I mean this is an open ocean environment there's going to be some -- wave activity inside.
It's a very different ecosystem then Alaska and elsewhere but while it's doing that.
It's expose -- all the water column organisms toxicity that otherwise warrant itself.
This -- there's no win -- -- -- it's a lose lose situation do you see what's happening in the oil industry and offshore drilling X.
Comparable or some kind of parallel to like the movie avatar.
You know these environments where terrestrial -- -- so we gets what goes on on lands.
But humans haven't spent a lot of time on the -- most people have been so it's a little bit of foreign environment for people.
But these are precious productive environments the oceans.
Sustained much of life on earth so yeah this is.
This is treasure treasure and national treasure that we should put at risk.
This is our avatar that could certainly could be all.
-- the fight Sigourney and director James Cameron are -- to protect the rights of the indigenous people of the Amazon from a huge hydroelectric.
It's a world away from a situation in the gulf oil spill.
The principle as the same protecting the planet from those interested in only quick profits.
Tell me how -- -- eleven affected knowing they changed that avatars have on the world making you more environmentally.
Conscious when you went to visit these people in -- national environment.
You know what I feel that avatar did was.
Would show the world.
How concerned people are about our planet that we are aware of the damage were doing -- it that it is time more than time for us to stop now and all help each other -- he energy efficient ways of producing energy.
You know watching Sigourney Weaver -- she seems to me that this may be a pivotal moment to reenergize a real environmental movement.
Not you know -- politicians and others who are claiming making preposterous claims not backed by science but having kids and people.
I get involved the way they did in previous possesses Three Mile Island for instance or Chernobyl aside -- they they actually the environmentalists see.
But people -- horizon disaster as the tree mile on even the Exxon Valdez awaited change the industry now the tanker industry was changed the nuclear and -- -- -- change that this is gonna be a catalyst environmentalists.
Want to see more of a move to cleaner energy as a result gonna go back to glad Jones down New Orleans you or you're.
Emotions I wonder about counselor.
You that the bureaucracy and government has to accept I mean it's been very clear that since around 2000 and again in 2004 and once again in 2000.
That the MMS said -- who regulates his whole industry it said that we have to have secondary back -- These blowout -- to try and stop this now the question was -- -- ability.
Why wasn't that enforce -- they have secondary system all around the developed world in not in the Gulf of Mexico which is.
-- -- -- don't go -- let me -- let me suggest one reason look at this this is BP's political contributions.
To politicians let me start on this side.
2008 election cycle they gave over a half a million dollars give the Republicans over 300.
Democrats -- to the number one recipient Barack Obama got 71000.
John McCain 36 he goes down Mary Landrieu.
You know is equal opportunity that -- Republican Ted Stevens in separate set for.
But look at this number.
Since 1990 they've contributed more than six million dollars they given 71% of that money to the Republicans 29% to the Democrats how couldn't have been forced met when you have this kind of bribery glad.
It has been a decades long conflict when we give me another number sixteen million dollars given by BP in the year 2008.
It's it's really it does raise serious ethical issues but at the end of the day -- -- -- if United States government to make sure.
That it is doing what is necessary to to ensure that these all copies.
Heart protecting the environment and it clearly we've had a massive failure here we certainly had -- John thank you -- thank you.
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