Tag: oil leak

No, methane from the BP oil leak won't kill us all

By Phil Plait | July 12, 2010 8:00 pm

io9_logoWhile I was at TAM 8 a breathless story came out claiming that methane erupting from the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico was going to cause a catastrophic global extinction event. I knew the story smelled bad right away* but was a bit busy at the meeting, so I couldn’t attack it.

Happily, my pal Annalee Newitz at io9 did. She talked to actual experts and found out there simply isn’t enough methane leaking from the oil plume to do much except to the local environment. In my humble opinion, this ecological disaster sucks enough without adding hysteria to it.

Tip o’ the top hat to Rob Sheridan and aeontriad.

* Yes, I made a fart joke (it’s not the first time). And yes, I know methane is odorless.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Antiscience, Cool stuff, Debunking
MORE ABOUT: Annalee Newitz, BP, io9, oil leak

I don't think this will help much

By Phil Plait | July 1, 2010 10:08 am



And there are plenty more where this came from.

Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team

MORE ABOUT: oil leak


By Phil Plait | June 22, 2010 3:05 pm


Image credit: NASA and the MODIS Rapid Response Team

CATEGORIZED UNDER: NASA, Piece of mind, Pretty pictures

Are We Alone Skeptic Check: Oil's Pill

By Phil Plait | May 18, 2010 2:32 pm

arewealonelogoThis week on the Are We Alone radio/podcast show, Seth Shostak and I talk about the Intention Experiment, a group of people who think they can meditate away various problems in the world… including the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. You can guess how I feel about this. Oh wait, you don’t need to! I’ve written about it.

Go to the Are We Alone website for a synopsis as well as a list of other segments on the show, or get the direct download here.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Antiscience, Science, Skepticism

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