we should listen to him BECAUSE HE DOVE INTO THE TOXIC MESS
Grandson of explorer Jacques Cousteau slams ‘bullshit’ claim that oceans absorb pollution
Phillippe Cousteau, Jr., grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau (pictured), has a unique position in today's media when it comes to discussing British Petroleum's massive Gulf of Mexico oil gusher. Unlike many others who've tried, he is capable of framing the massive and yet-unchecked disaster for the masses, placing the true scale in terms most humans can grasp.
That's why, appearing on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, he called "bullshit" the "perfect" term to describe the right-wing media's repeated claim that the oceans can simply absorb all of mankind's pollution.
After noting that public officials in at least one Louisiana parish he'd visited have actually taken over BP's equipment to jump-start the cleanup effort, Cousteau paused, wearing a pained expression.
"It's a little too late, though," he said................
Bill Maher Interviews Ecologist Philippe Cousteau On The Gulf Of Mexico’s Futureby Frances Martel
Philippe Cousteau, Jr., the ecologist grandson of Jacques, joined Bill Maher on Real Time last night to give his assessment of the Gulf of Mexico, where he has been working to help clean up the oil washing ashore from the the open offshore oil well. While he seemed confident that there was a way to fix the problem, he stressed that the ocean ecosystem will not fix itself.
Maher asked about the situation in Louisiana, where Cousteau had been working for the past weeks– his answer was not incredibly optimistic. He did have a direct answer for people who believe the ocean is strong and healthy enough to fix itself:
“I could cut my leg off, I could cut my arm off, I could gouge my eye out, I’d still probably survive, but not very well, and that’s what we’re doing to the ocean. It’s the life support system of this planet. We’ve been dumping in it, we’ve been polluting it, we’ve been destroying it for decades, and we’re essentially maiming ourselves… It’s not a question of whether the oceans can take anymore. The ocean can’t take any more. They couldn’t take any more fifty years ago. The question is, ‘when are we going to stop?’”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,