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Rep. Issa on oil clean up: “Our environment heals itself in time after you take most of the sludge away.”

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More for the “conservatives say the darndest things category,” via TP.

This morning on Fox Business, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the ranking Republican legislator on the House Oversight Committee, spoke to host Don Imus about BP’s oil spill disaster. Imus asked Issa if he thought the Gulf region will ever be cleaned up and fully restored to its original state before the spill. Issa responded that he did believe the oil pollution could be taken care of, and explained that in Alaska, after the Exxon Valdez spill, the “environment heals itself in time after you take most of the sludge away”:

IMUS: I don’t see how they ever “” I don’t see how they ever return the gulf region to pre this gulf spill. Do you?

ISSA: Nah, I do.

IMUS: You do?

ISSA: I’ve made two trips to Alaska and you know our environment heals itself in time after you take most of the sludge away. But, having said that, I don’t see we ever return to trusting our government or the oil companies without real reform.

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In reality, while the vast majority of the oil from the Exxon Valdez spill has been cleaned up, toxic chemicals remain and the environment is still ruined in many respects. The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council lists seven distinct species “” including sea otters, killer whales, and clams “” that still are considered to be “recovering” from the initial effects of the oil. Herring, the once abundant species of fish most of the local fisherman relied on before Exxon’s spill, have been virtually eradicated from the Prince William Sound. Many scientists believe that BP’s oil disaster has produced “five to six times the amount spilled in Alaskan waters in 1989 by the Exxon Valdez,” and many experts fear the chemicals used to disperse the oil will have lingering environmental effects for decades.

This is a Think Progress repost.

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6 Responses to Rep. Issa on oil clean up: “Our environment heals itself in time after you take most of the sludge away.”

  1. cervantes says:

    We already know Inhofe is a psychopathic idiot, or an idiotic psychopath, whichever comes first.

    BTW, I keep coming across people here and there around the fringes of the blogosphere claiming that there has been structural damage to the DWH well casing and making various assertions to the effect that as a result petroleum is issuing directly from the sea floor, this will get worse and worse, and as a result the relief wells may not work and/or interim containment measures will be utterly feckless. These assertions then get pooh poohed or at least dismissed as not evidence based by supposedly wiser heads – but they keep circulating around and coming back.

    Any info or comment on this? It’s kind of annoying that it won’t go away.

  2. dhogaza says:

    “in time” is correct … just “decades” or “centuries” … what’s to worry?

    /sarcasm

  3. Jim Eager says:

    Well, since he raised the “time heals all wounds” meme, perhaps we have an opportunity here to get Issa to comprehend how long atmospheric CO2 will remain elevated and altering the climate system.

    Not bloody likely.

  4. Chris Winter says:

    Cervantes wrote: “BTW, I keep coming across people here and there around the fringes of the blogosphere claiming that there has been structural damage to the DWH well casing and making various assertions to the effect that as a result petroleum is issuing directly from the sea floor, this will get worse and worse, and as a result the relief wells may not work and/or interim containment measures will be utterly feckless.”

    As I posted on another CP thread this morning, this is one of the things Mike Williams, chief electronics tech aboard the lost DWH, reported on 60 Minutes on 13 May. The Thom Hartman program this morning quoted another anonymous BP employee saying the same thing.

    I tend to trust Williams, but I also question his expertise in geology. I guess we’d better hope someone besides BP gets a submersible down there soonest to look around.

  5. ozajh says:

    “I don’t see we ever return to trusting our government or the oil companies without real reform.”

    Note how they always work in a ‘government is evil’ message.

    This makes me think that a lot of the right-wing radical rhetoric (it is NOT ‘conservative’) is carefully calculated to appeal to a dumb audience, rather than being issued from a dumb source.

  6. Bill W says:

    “But, having said that, I don’t see we ever return to trusting our government or the oil companies without real reform.”

    That is an astounding statement, coming from an incumbent Republican! That may be the closest thing we’ll ever see to a Republican Representative calling for increased regulation of oil companies.

    As far as not trusting our government (the one you keep insisting needs to be smaller), um, Mr. Issa, you do realize that you ARE part of the government, don’t you?