Oil In The Water

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | June 10, 2010 12:01 pm

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Click on the map to watch CNN’s time-lapse video

Now go read Nicholas Kristof’s related Op-Ed in the NYTimes:

The national campaign to get President Obama to emote, throw crockery at oil executives and jump up and down in fury has failed. But here’s a long-term solution: Let’s anoint a king and queen.

….

[It] would give President Obama time to devise actual clean-up policies. He might then also be able to concentrate on eliminating absurd government policies that make these disasters more likely (such as the $75 million cap on economic damages when an oil rig is responsible for a spill).

Our president is stuck with too many ceremonial duties as head of state, such as greeting ambassadors and holding tedious state dinners, that divert attention from solving problems. You can preside over America or you can address its problems, but it’s difficult to find time to do both.

Exactly.

* Update: You can now vote for king and queen of America at Vanity Fair. *

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Marine Science

Comments (9)

  1. Roberta

    People expect their President to be an action hero. That’s not what situations like this require.

  2. GM

    People also expect quick fixes to be available for every problem.

    And that’s not how the real world works

  3. Guy

    When it comes to disasters two things come to mind.

    “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Ben Franklin

    “Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.” -Proverb

  4. Bruce

    Can we anoint the king and queen with oil as Ashcroft was?
    Gotta do something with all that oil besides making landfills into tar sands.

  5. Woody Tanaka

    “People also expect quick fixes to be available for every problem.”

    I don’t think the issue is that there is no quick fix. Rather the problem is that this was a clearly foreseeable event with an enormously high disaster potential but the multi-billion dollar corporation apparently contemplated no fixes, quick or otherwise, to deal with the problem and they drilled anyway. (And the government let them. That’s a problem, too.)

  6. Woody Tanaka

    What boggles my mind is the amount of work it must have taken to put the confederate nonsense on the $5. How bad must your life be to spend that time on losers and traitors who’ve been dead for almost 150 years?

  7. Woody Tanaka

    Please ignore #8. It was meant for a different blog entry.

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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 info@hachettespeakersbureau.com For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at srkirshenbaum@yahoo.com.

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