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Exxon's Valdez Prince William Sound Oil Spill Caused Almost No Long Term Harm To Environment..
In Less than 20 years nature recovered it's former glory.
On the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Prince William Sound Oil Spill the environmentalist propaganda mill went to town congratulating themselves on their original hysteria and the manufacturing of unintentional environmental crime and punitive theology. The long term damage from the oil spill was actually a rather quick recovery for most affected species. The dumb beat was most pronounced on Public Broadcasting Radio station with every sort of study being sited as proof that any oil in the environment left never ending harm to ecosystems and various species. Fortunately there is reality. Most species have recovered. Some oil residue is out there in the sound but most of it maybe part of sediments that will be buried over time. After all the mountains surrounding the sound are eroding into the sound. Species that apparently have not recovered include the mackerel but before you believe everything you hear on the radio beware that there are more variables than just oil when it comes to fisheries. We don't even know all the variables and the ones we do are darn well known by the same environmentalist lobbies of course topped by what they call climate change and some trending warming in Southern Alaska. Come on, the same people saying everything else is changing want you to believe they can isolate all the proper variables and disregard the rest.
None of this is to say an oil spill is a good thing. What it is saying is the recovery is pretty amazing when you look at it more objectively than the people do who want to say there is permanent harm. Oil spills are nothing new. much larger oil spills happened in more desperate circumstances such as giant ships being torpedoed in world war 1 and world war 2. I have been to beaches where world war tar balls still occasionally wash up on shores and there is no long term degradation of the eco systems all of which have recovered. Exxon's Prince William Sound recovery was much more amazing than advertised. What is interesting is how ecosystems get modified and the environmental kooks go to town saying they are amazing sustainable examples of wildlife populations. One case in point is recent news that the decline of Atlantic Cod have left lobsters to become much more populating so much so that self described fishery saving environmental groups are now calling lobsters a very sustainable fishery. So chances are where people are counting missing mackerel fish some other population of fish is surging in Prince William Sound oil or no oil. We have cycles in nature and we also have natural catastrophes. When The Great Tsunamis hit Northern Japan after one of the largest territorial subduction earthquakes in history more damage was done to nature than was ever reported by the same environmental kook organization. What they focused on was man made debris from the tsunami floating out to sea not on how a large section of land that had plant and animal life along the shore was suddenly thrust 8 to 10 feet lower below sea level.
The focus of the environmentalist propaganda is to make oil and oil companies out to be evil exploiters of mother earth and of poor little plants and animals rather than to have any objectivity. They want to keep their narrative going rather than showing you the amazing restoration by nature with or with out any clean up effort. If you consider their narrative then maybe it would have only taken 30 years for prince William sound to restore itself instead of 20. It is sickening to listen to the dribble on PBS radio and CNN about all the permanent criminal harm because there was no criminal intent and was no permanent damage. Most of the real damage was aesthetic. Not all of the sound , which is a large area was ever affected. Preventing such accidents is a great idea but when it comes to double hulled tankers and punitive legal measures against what was just an accident sooner or later we have a double hulled tanker spill that is worse. Ships sink because nature can sink them. If we do want to be sure there are no more oil tankers and no more use of oil then what we need to do is power PBS and CNN only by wind power so when the wind stops their hot air stops too. No one working at PBS or CNN should ever ride in or drive a gasoline powered automobile and never use any machine that does not use natural oils like whale oil instead of petroleum based products. Yes people lost business in the sound but then it seemed Exxon paid out quite a lot of money and even had insurance to cover most claims. The environmentalist narrative is so contrived that I bet if you go to Prince William Sound you will find it to be as much of a stunning example of nature and the power of natural recovery that you will see anywhere. If you are going there as an environmentalist you should walk or ride a horse there because there is no risk of petroleum products doing harm to the earth while you make the luxury trip.
Nature is amazingly good at recovery. Even at Chernobyl the wild life is back with a vengeance especially since humans are temporarily gone and no one wants to hunt radioactive wildlife. Because fisheries were shut down for a period of time they might be replace with new one or the old ones will return with a vengeance for lack of human harvesting. In 50 years if a major earthquake does not turn the whole sound into an entirely different topography there will be no evidence that any oil spill ever happened. In 100 years only a few historians will care.
I wrote this article because I tried to search for one that made the same points online and could not find a single one except for a few from the EXXON corporation that really still has attorneys telling it to be rather quiet on the issue. I wrote this article because , yes the progress since the oil spill is amazing almost as much so as if you did not know anything happened you would find Prince William Sound completely amazing and you might find it's thriving natural diversity just as amazing. Hey it has recovered and done so beautifully. Don't worry about defective fish hearts from oil exposure. That was done with lab animal testing something you might not want when it comes to your shampoo..