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The shrimp industry has just collapsed, and it is not coming back.  The same is true of other seafood.  So a whole lot of folk are now out of a job, forever.  Okay, they can retrain--for a job where?  Not in the Gulf of Mexico I think.  

But it is worse than that.  

A friend of a friend lives on a beautiful barrier island, Dauphin Island, off the coast of Alabama.  When the wind is from the wrong direction now, the air reeks, and if it persists you get headaches.  

Half the island is already sealed off by the National Guard.  It is a no-go zone.  Nobody goes in or out.  

At the point you are getting dizziness and headaches from petroleum exposure, you are taking brain damage, and usually respiratory damage as well.  

This friend unfortunately already suffers from a health effect of previous chemical exposure.  By his doctor's orders, he can not even pump his own gas.  (Note Bene:  In the US to day most gas stations are self-service, meaning you pump the fuel into your car yourself.  The attendant just collects the money.)  Just living in his house he is now taking unacceptable exposure.

He is just beginning to understand he will have to leave.  

And others?  Who knows what will happen?  They will find jobs cleaning up the oil perhaps?  That career will never end for lack of work to do!  But they take exposure--more than my friend.  In a few months they will have to quit or they will get sick and then they will die.  

But we are only two months into this catastrophe.  We have at least two more months to go, maybe four, and maybe more than that.  It will get a lot worse than it is now, even if there are no hurricanes to crown this record-breaking high-temperature (for the tropical Atlantic and GoM) season.  

In one sense you are right:  People will hang on long after it is unsafe and unhealthy.  And then what happens happens.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Thu Jun 17th, 2010 at 11:11:21 PM EST
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