Essay on BP’s Gulf Oil Spill

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The April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will forever change the way Americans view deepwater oil drilling. No one could have foreseen that BP’s well would spew into the Gulf waters for over 80 days before it was successfully capped. Over the years, many articles have been written about the disaster, and many different viewpoints given in the articles. This essay discusses the oil spill’s effect on Gulf coast animal and plant life, plus whether the government is implementing effective legislation regarding the spill.
Naomi Klein’s article “After the Spill” in the January 2011 edition of Nation magazine discusses a scientific excursion by boat in the northern section of the Gulf of Mexico. According to David Hollander, the marine
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Perhaps not coincidentally, the most outspoken scientists dong this research come from Florida and Georgia, coastal states that have so far managed to avoid offshore drilling. Their universities are far less beholden to Big Oil than, say, Louisiana State University, which has received tens of millions from the oil giants. Again and again these scientists have used their independence to correct the official record about how much oil is actually out there, and what it is doing under the waves. (13)
Not only does Klein not back up her remarks with facts, but her allegations are so scandalous that this writer is surprised they were even published.
The federal government also takes a direct hit from Klein. Although toxicity in the Gulf did not even reach 1% of EPA standards, Kelin was still unhappy with the Unified Area Command’s report (18). Next, she aimed her sights on NOAA’s National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process. The NRDA process collects scientific information that will assist the government in assigning a dollar figure for damages caused and fine responsible parties. However, Klein stated that she is not convinced that the NRDA process will punish the responsible parties (Klein 18).
Klein assumes that her readers are unintelligent. Rather than listing the pertinent information and allowing the readers to reach a conclusion that coincides with Klein’s viewpoint, she instead relies on

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