jbtutt13 — May 17, 2010 — The Texas Land Office and Texas Water Commission successfully used ‘oil eating’ microbes to clean up large oil spills in just weeks. Microbes hunt down and eat the toxic oil and leave only a biodegradable waste that is non-toxic to humans and marine life. Marshland and beaches were pristine again in just weeks—not years like the Exxon Valdez spill. This is the answer to save the seafood industry and all the precious creatures we are about to kill.
My undergraduate degree was a major Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry. While I was in college in the 1970’s these microbes were being studied. So this is not new. Clearly the technology has progressed to the point of being used in some fairly major situations. It is such a non-toxic, natural solution that it makes you ask if it could really be all that simple. The problem is not that the microbes are not present in naturally occurring situations; the problem is one of delivery to the point of need and even that appears to have been resolved now.
Watch the video and ask yourself why this is not being used in the current situation in the Gulf. I am guessing if we spread the word and ask the question enough it will be in short order. Dang, it just makes too much sense! Not as much fun as a crisis, but certainly better for the people and animals impacted by the spill. Why with solutions like this we should be able to expand drilling and become energy self sufficient in no time at all!
I have been working to open up the Alaska Natural Wildlife Reserve for years. It is such a shame that we have prevented that for so many years. These little bugs can help up there too as needed. I’d love it if we never had to import another drop of oil. Let the free market go and we’ll be amazed at what is possible!
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