My conspiracy theory of the day
I mentioned on my radio show the other day that the BP oil spill has all but disappeared from the news. It’s not because the well is plugged, though that’s obviously a big deal – the news had died down a fair bit before it was plugged.
No, the main reason you’ve heard almost nothing about the spill in the last few weeks is that the oil is disappearing. If oil were washing up on shore anywhere, the liberal media, eager to bash oil companies, hurt Republicans (even though Democrats in the Gulf area mostly support drilling as well), and especially to show images of oil-soaked animals, would be barking from every hilltop about the devastation caused by the disaster.
I’m not saying they’d be wrong to report on such news, even if they would make it sound worse than it is. But one would think that the interest of real “fair and balanced” reporting, they would make some mention of the fact that the oil seems to be disappearing at a rate nobody could have predicted and few seem able to explain well.
My conspiracy theory for today involves the media – in this case the “new media” – continuing to try to downplay the fact that the BP oil spill will likely be much less damaging than anybody expected.
Here’s the story: The top headline in Yahoo’s financial news this morning was this story from Reuters: “Nearly 3/4 of BP Spill Oil Gone from the Gulf“.
However, clicking on the link – a link to a story which doesn’t help Barack Obama – takes you to this story instead: “Service sector grows more quickly in July“, a story which is helpful, or at least not harmful, to him.
While Yahoo is keeping you from reading the story, I’ll give you a link that actually works:
Interestingly, while human action has been responsible for eliminating some of the oil, the majority of the oil disappearance has been due to natural causes. In a way, the earth’s self-corrective response reminds me of one of the biggest errors that global warming alarmists make, namely assuming that neither natural systems nor human civilization can adapt to changes.
p.s. I don’t really believe that Yahoo is conspiring to keep you from reading the story, especially since the error makes them look incompetent. But it’s still fun to write/think about…and the (lack of) oil story is an important one.
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