Congressman Says That Oil Is “Breaking Up Naturally”
May 4, 2010
Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) flew over the oil spill and saw it from 1,000 feet. Immediately, he said that he had thought it would have been worst.
“What I want people to know is this isn’t Katrina. This is not Armageddon. I did this for the Coast Guard many years ago. Yeah, it’s bad. And it’s terrible that there’s a spill out there. But I would remind people that the oil is twenty miles from any marsh,” he said.
Alright, fair enough. So, it isn’t as bad as you originally imagined. But why are you so calm about it, Congressman?
“That chocolate milk looking spill starts breaking up in smaller pieces. It is tending to break up naturally.”
It was this, more than anything, that rose eyebrows.
Not only has the oil spill has tripled in size over the last several days, but it has reached the coastline and has been said to be heading towards the Florida Keys. It hardly seems to be starting to break up on its’ own in any sense of the phrase.
Seriously, what the hell, Taylor? If you worked for the Coast Guard and dealt with oil spills, wouldn’t you be concerned by the ever increasing, spreading crude oil death puddle that is seeping its’ way towards the Keys, leaving a huge trail of environmental destruction? What about the threat on an economy already strained under the recession?
I’m not saying we should panic, of course. But I am thinking maybe taking a “Ah, it isn’t so bad” approach isn’t helping either.