The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – University Professors Accepting Money From BP – Are They BP Shills?See all the YouTube videos of the Sierra Club meeting here.
Plus Phil Compton’s Lie to Trisha Springstead.
The fact is that there are members of the medical community who recognize that they are seeing people who have been poisoned. It is obvious to doctors who are seeing patients with flu-like symptoms, respiratory problems, acute toxic reaction and who are harboring toxins above the load recognized as toxic. There is no other word to use – toxic. The patients they are seeing have been nothing short of poisoned. Issues arising from this are both current and future heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and even death.
Three FSU scientists spoke at the Sierra Club: Robert H. Weisberg, Ernst B. Peebles and David Hollander. The same three have appeared and spoken together before groups in Florida before. The last to speak, and perhaps (based on my impression) the best was Dr. David Hollander.
That said, BP provided $500,000,000 in funding for research on the oil spill – a disturbing fact since in at least one other instance “while all studies performed by the university will be scientifically peer-reviewed, BP decides what areas (the university) will research.” Something which was not mentioned by the FSU scientists when they spoke, yet which seems likely to be part of BPs boilerplate policy when providing money to Universities studying their spill.
Dr. David HollanderAs Dr. Hollander’s research centers most closely on Isotopic biogeochemistry and organic geochemistry; Paleoenvironmental reconstructions; Origin of organic-rich deposits, Chemical Sedimentology, Archeometry etc., his analysis of the oil proves absolutely invaluable in determining that the toxic parts per million of oil now present in the gulf do indeed belong to the BP spill and not some other leaking oil from elsewhere. He came across as a serious academic, as an honest man who genuinely cared about his field and as someone who definitely knows how to inspire enthusiasm in students.
Dr. Ernst B. PeeblesErnst B. Peebles was the least exciting of the group of scientists. His delivery was dull, safe, stock issue supporting industry status quo. In the lobby after the presentation his answer to a young woman about BPs oil in the Gulf was that the microbes were eating it. However, in the video I took at 1 hour and 10 minutes into the conference it was specifically stated that the oil is not dissolving. It is not going away. As debate goes, Ernst Peebles is attacking his own team’s plank of evidence that points to how much damage the BP toxic oil spill has caused and continues to cause, and he is weakening the platform of evidence provided by the other scientists who are not ignoring evidence. [see related story on colony of dead corals]
I did not get the impression that Dr. Peebles was excited about his work or that he was (or wanted to be) involved in the current plight of the general population hurt by BPs toxic spill. While in general that research data which he did collect is probably useful and valid, my impression was that he isn’t going for the jugular establishing BPs full culpability. In one section of the video he shows a photo where a piece of their scientific equipment touched bottom and came up covered with oil. He says that he did not show that photo to anyone, nor did he or his team of “scientists” have the oil on the piece of equipment tested to see if it belonged to the BP Oil Spill. This is the same Dr. Peebles who is quoted in Business Week on June 4, 2010 on a with 50,000 barrels of oil gushing from the well as saying “We’re certain it’s oil, we’ve done the analysis.” BP and academics then discussed how to spend $500 million BP has agreed to pay to study the effects of the Gulf spill. Just $500 million. That’s all it takes.