Oil spill update: The sky might not be falling, but birds are

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

As we await the landfall of the giant growing BP oil blob, the news compass has been whirling, pointing at at a raft of problems related to offshore oil drilling, and a few not related to offshore drilling.

Problem Number One: Money buys good PR

Yesterday we heard about how The New York Times quoted a fellow with a Texas-based conservation group as saying the oil spill wasn’t so terrible.

“The sky is not falling,” said Quenton R. Dokken , a marine biologist and the executive director of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, a conservation group in Corpus Christi, Texas. “We’ve certainly stepped in a hole and we’re going to have to work ourselves out of it, but it isn’t the end of the Gulf of Mexico.”