Saturday, January 8, 2011

“Junk Science”: Methane researchers are “manipulating data to gain media attention” says top attorney

JUNK SCIENCE: NOAA Claims “Gas-Gobbling” Bacteria Consumed Nearly All of the Estimated 200,000 Tons of Methane Spewed into Gulf

  • January 7, 2011 3:14 pm

More “good news” from the folks who once assured us that the “vast majority” of BP’s oil was gone, only to backpedal like hell when a crush of independent scientists kept finding oil virtually everywhere – including coating large swaths of the sea floor.

This time NOAA, like a scene from a sci-fi movie, is pushing this scenario, as reported by the Washington Post: “…a huge swarm of gas-gobbling bacteria swelled to consume nearly all of the estimated 200,000 tons of methane dumped into the gulf.”

We learn that, back in June, a team sponsored by (guesss who?): “….the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had found intense concentrations of methane in the waters near the wellhead” but later it was gone. Some would say: “duh, it was swept away by ocean currents,” but the NOAA folks say it was eaten up. Gone. Sound familiar?

Again from the Washington Post: “From mid-August through early October, a team aboard the NOAA vessel Pisces searched an area of the gulf larger than Indiana, dipping a package of sensors into the water at 207 locations. They found almost no methane. Instead, their instruments recorded huge pockets of depleted oxygen, which the microbes use to burn the gas.”


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