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New Study: Ongoing, Future Effects of Gulf Oil Spill "major," "scary"

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A new study provides more evidence of why we badly need to move away from dirty fossil fuels - and the toxic chemicals used to process them, clean them up when they spill, etc. - and towards clean, renewable energy as rapidly as possible.

A study on possible effects of the 2010 BP oil spill indicates dispersants may have killed plankton -- some of the ocean's tiniest plants and creatures -- and disrupted the food chain in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the nation's richest seafood grounds. Scientists who read the study said it points toward major future effects of the spill. One called its findings scary.


Brian Crother, a biology professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, called the findings scary, though limited because the experiments spanned only five days. "If these guys are on the money, they have pointed to something really disastrous happening in the Gulf," he said.


It is also, he said, more evidence for what he has thought all along: that the Gulf of Mexico's food web is in danger. "If you go a couple steps beyond their findings, I think we're going to see these things happening and it's going to take years for them to be seen," he said.

In stark contrast, the last time there was a major solar spill, it was called a "beautiful, sunny day." Just pointing that out...