That was the stormy petrels’ “call to arms” in 2010 following the BP oil rig “disaster” in the Gulf of Mexico. Tar balls were washing up on beaches. Fish, flora, and fauna were imperiled. The mainstream media chronicled the mayhem, fueling hostility, anger, and division over BP’s “lack of concern for the environment in its desire for big oil profits.”
Darkness and death were on the horizon and beyond the horizon as well. Thank you, Mother Jones.
While all’s certainly not perfect—there is a link between the spill and a record die-off of the bottlenose porpoise that draws tourists to the northern Gulf Coast. There’s also some pockets of oil still found on the sea floor as well as some spots along Louisiana’s coast.
Even so, the stormy petrels’ dire predictions have yet once again failed to materialize.
According to the Associated Press, the beaches are beautiful. Tourism is increasing. Coastal hotels and condominium towers are doing well (business is reputed to be up 30% over 2009), and some restaurants have 90-minute waits for dinner on weekends. Traffic is a primary problem, as tourists are coming from as far as California.
Many attribute the change in large part to the millions of dollars BP spent on tourism grants and advertising that promoted the Gulf Coast nationwide to people who previously didn't even realize that Alabama and Mississippi had coastlines.
An ecological Armageddon?
Well, Chicken Little...
Let the discussion begin…
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