History will show Obama’s limiting BP total liability to $20 billion dollars for the BP Horizon oil spill to be the act of a whore. It makes no difference which party is in power. The Republicans and Democrats are one corporate, banking elite party. The Republicans want us to be corporate slaves. The Democrats want us to be government slaves. It is all slavery.
The two defining ecological events of my lifetime have both happened since 2010. The first was the oil volcano in the Gulf of Mexico at the BP Horizon oil platform. The second was the tsunami at the Fukushima nuclear complex. These are ongoing events that will last for thousands of years into the future. They have redefined human existence on the planet. The media ignores them. The politicians lie about the true impact. It makes no difference in the end.
Doomer Doug writes about politics, economics, health issues, cultural and the like. The truly important issues are ecological. The truly important issues relate to whether the human species will be alive in 100 years, much less 10,000 years.
For those of you who think the BP Horizon oil spill is old news, think again. The ecological results of BP using corexit? to suppress oil beneath the surface will be long term and devastating. The oil was there in vast, vast amounts. The media conspired with BP and Obama to keep that reality from the public. Again, if you don’t see oil on the beaches, then you don’t have an oil spill. The massive oil plumes were safely out of view several hundred feet below the surface.
The oil plumes first devastated what is called the Gulf Loop current that feeds into the main Gulf Stream/Atlantic Conveyor Belt. This belt of warm water exits the Florida Strait and then goes up to a point off North Carolina. It next goes across the Atlantic Ocean and keeps England and Scandinavia several degrees warmer than they would be. The position of England means it should have the climate of far northern Canada. The Gulf Stream means that it does not.
The winters, springs, and summers in England in 2011, 2012, and now 2013 have been much colder than they should be. This is a fact. BP cannot deny it. Obama cannot deny it. The Gulf Stream has been severely damaged by the massive oil spill volume suppressed by corexit? in 2010. This fact is no longer in dispute. The media whores can say what they want. The story shows why this no longer matter. It is May 15th in England. Anybody think the spring crops have been planted yet?
Are we really in May? Britain hit by SNOW as 65mph winds sweep across the country and a month’s worth of rain falls in just 24 hours
- Up to 2in snow reported in Princetown, Devon, and Rhayader, Powys
- And 3in snow fell on high ground in Shropshire near Welsh border
- Month’s rain in 24 hours to 7am today in Pembrey, Carmarthenshire
- Slates come off roofs and trees block roads in Devon and Cornwall
- Today and tomorrow will see mixture of sunshine and showers in UK
- England and Wales will be mainly dry on Saturday but wet on Sunday
By Mark Duell
PUBLISHED: 05:23 EST, 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:56 EST, 15 May 2013
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – so it’s rather odd that we find ourselves in mid-May.
Snow fell across parts of Britain last night while another area had a month’s rain in just 24 hours as winds of up to 65mph battered the country’s coastlines in unusual weather for the month.
Up to 3in of snow fell in Princetown in Dartmoor, Devon, Rhayader in Powys, and Newcastle-on-Clun in Shropshire – while Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, had 3in of rain in the 24 hours until 7am today.
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Active: Skiers were out at Cairngorm in the Scottish Highlands, where there is still a good covering of snow
Christmas scenes: Unseasonal snowy scenes greeted people waking up in Newcastle-on-Clun, Shrospshire
Covered: Residents in the Shropshire village of Newcastle-on-Clun couldn’t believe their eyes when they awoke
Picturesque: The scene near the village of Newcastle-on-Clun, Shropshire, which greeted shocked resident Polly Smith as she awoke to about 2in of snow
Flurries: Mark Shackleton works at the Dartmoor Brewery in Princetown, Devon – the highest brewery in the British Isles, which is around 1,450ft above sea level, and took some photos of the snow falling last night
Unusual scene: Mr Shackleton said he had only previously seen snow in Princetown, Devon, in the 1990s
Mark Shackleton works at the Dartmoor Brewery in Princetown – the highest brewery in the British Isles, which is around 1,450ft above sea level – and took some photos of the snow falling last night.
He told MailOnline: ‘I’ve been in the area on and off all my life. It snows quite often in April. May, I’ve ever only known it once in the 1990s, but it didn’t really settle.
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‘Last night it actually came quite bad for an hour, then turned a little milder when I went to bed. We had about 2in – this morning it had all gone. The temperatures were very low yesterday.’
May snowfall is rare but not unheard of – in 1979 in early May there were four consecutive days of it.
Local woman Sheila Coates told BBC Radio Devon: ‘It’s crazy. Last night I couldn’t see out of my front window for the snow. I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve never known weather like it at this time of year.’
Tough conditions: Snow blizzards fall across the Pennines in Cumbria today, forcing ramblers to wrap up warm
Difficult for drivers: Snow blizzards fall across the Pennines in Cumbria, covering vehicles and roads in snow
Cold grip: A snowball is held in the Pennines in Cumbria after an unusual amount of snow fell for mid-May
Hard work: A cyclist pushes their bicycle up a hill in the Pennines in Cumbria amid snow blizzards
Crash: Waves smash against the shore in Great Yarmouth harbour, Norfolk, during the cold and windy weather
Up to 3in of snow also fell on high ground in the rural county of Shropshire last night – sparking fears of flooding in the rest of the region, as two local rivers were given flood warnings.
Mike Steedman, owner of the Anchor Inn in the hills above Newcastle-on-Clun, near the Welsh border, said. ‘It started at about 11pm and it came in wet and heavy. It’s beginning to go now.
BANK HOLIDAY SNOW: ODDS CUT
The odds of snow falling across the Bank Holiday weekend were today slashed.
It is now odds-on with Ladbrokes at 5/6 – from 4/1 – that any major UK city sees a sprinkling of snow over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
There are even shorter odds on offer for London to face a dusting between now and the end of the month, at 4/6. There is also an 8/1 chance that this month is the coldest ever May.
‘It had settled to about 2in. No sign of penguins or polar bears here yet though. We’re 1,300ft up in the hills on the border, so it’s not the same weather as down in Newcastle-on-Clun.’
And ramblers and cyclists got more than they bargained for when snow lashed the Pennines in Cumbria as sunny May weather suddenly turned into something you would expect in January.
The southern coast was hit hardest last night with police in Devon and Cornwall reporting slates coming off roofs and trees blocking roads, as rain lashed across much of the country.
In Devon and Cornwall hundreds of homes were left without electricity. Residents were also bracing themselves for floods – with 14 separate alerts in place across the two counties.
The Isles of Scilly bore the brunt of the Atlantic gales but freak snow flurries were reported in Exmoor and Dartmoor, where residents said the conditions were more like mid-winter than May.
Slippery surfaces: A car is covered in a layer of snow after blizzards fell across the Pennines in Cumbria
Making their way: Ramblers tried their best to battle through the snow in the Pennines in Cumbria
Strange for May: Snow fell in two parts of Britain last night, including Princetown in Dartmoor, Devon
Downfall: These unseasonal scenes were witnessed as up to 2in of snow was reported in Princetown, Devon
The main A5 road in North Wales was impassable for cars and a 3ft mudslide blocked a hillside road after heavy rain.
The fire service said there was ‘significant flooding’ on the road at Froncysyllte, near Llangollen. Sandbags were issued to property owners in the Wrexham area.
‘It snows quite often in April. May, I’ve ever only known it once in the 1990s’
Mark Shackleton in Princetown, Devon
A deep low pressure system also brought gusty winds, but these were expected to ease off today.
Met Office forecaster Helen Chivers said: ‘The low pressure system that brought us rain yesterday is still hanging around over North-East England but it’ll continue to move away over the rest of the day.
‘Most of us today and tomorrow can expect sunshine and showers,’ she told MailOnline. ‘There probably won’t be many of them, so there’s a good chance to enjoy some sunshine over the next few days.
Forecast: A deep low pressure system has brought gusty winds, but these were expected to ease off today
Looking out: A bleak day on the seaside at Porthcawl in south Wales as winds of up to 65mph battered British coastlines during the night resulting in trees blown down, in what was unusual weather for May
Beside the seaside: Conditions were bracing at Porthcawl in south Wales following strong winds in the area
It’s not all bad: Forager Loren Materaacki was engulfed by wild garlic on Monday in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset
‘But where you do get a shower it’s likely to be heavy. It’s going to be cold overnight tonight as well, but the showers will die out as we go into the night.
‘We’ll see temperatures in the countryside down to 2C or 3C, and a possible touch of air frost in local spots in the Midlands into Wales.
‘Where you do get a shower it’s likely to be heavy. It’s going to be cold overnight tonight as well’
Helen Chivers, Met Office
‘Scotland looks like having a pretty wet weekend – very wet on the eastern side. In England and Wales Saturday may not be too bad a day – it should be a good deal of dry weather.
‘But on Sunday it looks like we’ll find some rain pushing across the South as well.’
Inspector Tom Cunningham from Devon and Cornwall Police said ‘a number of trees’ came down during the night, as well as slates coming off roofs. He also reported BT lines down.
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