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Why the Guardians of the Gulf Deserve an Independent Non-BP Affiliated Investigation

Why the Guardians of the Gulf Deserve an Independent Non-BP Affiliated Investigation

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Why The "Guardians of the Gulf" Deserve AnIndependent Non-BP Affiliated Investigation
Recent news of bottlenose dolphin deaths, mostly young, mostly stillborn or spontaneously aborted calves that have washed up onto the beaches of the Gulf, raisemany questions about whether or not these tragic findings are natural in nature, caused bydisease, perhaps cold, or the burning question that the scientists are treating like the 800pound elephant in the room...were they caused because of the oil, chemicals and gassescreated by the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf?As each day passes, new dead are found along the 200 mile stretch of beaches that makeup the Gulf coast, and to date, there have been 133 dead dolphins reported. NOAA (TheNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has reported that in fact this deathcount is "exceptionally high" and NOAA is now involved in the necropsy andinvestigative research into these fatalities. Here are the breakdowns since January 1,2011, according to NOAA:
Alabama
Total Bottlenose Dolphins = 21Premature/Newborn Calves = 18
 
Florida
Total Bottlenose Dolphins = 7Premature/Newborn Calves = 3
Mississippi
Total Bottlenose Dolphins = 27Premature/Newborn Calves = 21 
Louisiana
Total Bottlenose Dolphins = 32Premature/Newborn Calves = 4 So much of BP's money has been spent on "research" and "long-term" investigations intothe impact of this, and the impact of that, all created by the impact of BP's negligencecausing the Gulf Disaster. Trying to track down all of the names of all of the people theyhave paid funding to is like looking for multiple needles in a haystack the size of Kansas.They're located in Universities across the US, in research labs dotted along the coastalcommunities and most of the shoreline states in the US. BP seems to be of the mindsetthat if they contribute billions of dollars to on-going research, that their image of "caring"will be viewed by the American public as "corporate generosity" and will create theillusion of goodwill and responsible stewardship on the part of BP in the eyes of theuninformed.Given those facts, it doesn't take much thinking to conclude that in this shallow attemptto purchase good publicity, they've also purchased up most of science, and to that end,who can you trust to undertake the important real research that needs to be done? Andwho can you trust to give you the conclusions that you know are correct and accurate,without regard to BP's accountability through the payoff of research dollars?That brings us back to the dolphin deaths. Originally, it was reported that Moby Solangi,Executive Director of the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Mississippiwas in charge of the investigation and testing. Upon the initial reports of these deaths,some researchers were quick to absolve BP from any responsibility. Instead, a "measles"epidemic in 2007 was tossed out for comparative analysis. The public wasn't buying it.
 
Greater creativity was going to have to be spun in order to find something - anything -except the oil, chemicals, and corexit for the blame. Moby Solangi
Moby Solangi
While researching Moby Solangi, we learned about a 2005 incident that sparked rageamongst Richard O'Barry, Marine Mammal Specialist, One Voice-France's MiamiOffice. In his online statements, O'Barry writes:
Solangi has captured more than a hundred dolphins in US waters, particularly inMississippi Sound. These victim dolphins have been sentenced to a miserable life in seacircuses, amusement parks, the US navy and other captive dolphin facilities. Some of thecaptured dolphins were rented to zoos in the United States, such as the Oklahoma CityZoo. The Zoo's dolphin exhibit was finally closed when animal protection organizationsexposed the high death record. It is therefore ironic to see how the media is nowportraying Solangi as a heroic figure who actually cares about dolphins.
Pretty strong words from a fellow recognized Marine Mammal Specialist, who obviouslyhas researched his claims, and does not trust the proven track record of Solangi, based onthe historical record of his "accomplishments".So let's look at NOAA. We've got the head of the organization, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, amarine ecologist. Here she is trawling off the coast of Pascagoula, Mississippi obtainingsamples of fish and invertebrates for biological testing at the NOAA-FDA SeafoodInspection Laboratory back in May of 2010. Yes, the same person who, along with theFDA declared the seafood in the Gulf "safe to eat", even when independent testingproved otherwise. She'll talk about weather stations, catch shares, how diligent her comrades are down in the Gulf, but she's a product of the same bought and paid for BPenvironment that has governed all the "yes men" that seem to be programmed to deliver 

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