Tuesday July 19 marked the first anniversary of President Obama signing an Executive Order to protect our public seas and the jobs and communities that depend on their health. So where are we one year out?
What do a high school student from LA, a scientist who studies the DNA of whales, the president of a Central American Nation, a former Coast Guard Commandant and a Washington Post reporter have in common?
Among the first sea turtles to wash ashore dead necropsies (animal autopsies) showed that many were not killed by ingesting oil but had sediment in their lungs suggesting they'd drowned in fishing nets.
The press, government officials and BP pitchmen are insulting our intelligence by suggesting that the oil has vanished and there's nothing to worry about. They can whistle away the crisis as much as they want, but we'd all do well to stay on top of this.
To judge from most media coverage, the beaches are open, the fishing restrictions being lifted and the Gulf resorts open for business in a safe environment. We spent the last few weeks along the Gulf coast, and the reality is distinctly different.