- Sep 27, 2021 3:56 pm GMT
"When Hurricane Ida barreled into the Louisiana coast with near 150 mile-per-hour winds on Aug. 30, it left a trail of destruction. The storm also triggered the most oil spills detected from space after a weather event in the Gulf of Mexico since the federal government started using satellites to track spills and leaks a decade ago.
In the two weeks after Ida, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a total of 55 spill reports, including a spill near a fragile nature reserve. It underscores the frailty of the region’s offshore oil and gas infrastructure to intensifying stormsfueled by climate change.
'That’s unprecedented, based on our 10 year record,' said Ellen Ramirez, who oversees NOAA’s round-the-clock satellite detection of marine pollution, including oil spills. 'Ida has had the most significant impact to offshore drilling” since the program began, she said.'"
Even the New York Times, never shy about condemning environmental evils, doesn't appreciate the scale of the impact these leaks will have. Within three decades, the intensity of Atlantic superstorms will topple offshore rigs throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Think Deepwater Horizon, times ten. Times one hundred.
In pollution, in ocean acidification, in global warming, they will offset the progress the U.S. has made with all nuclear and renewable energy combined. By far.
Leave. It. In. The. Ground. NOW.
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