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Old 05-11-2010, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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Scientists say oil spill could make it up Atlantic coast | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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The probability of the effects of the "Gulf Loop" bringing the spill out of the Gulf of Mexico and into the Gulf Stream is low. Even if some oil disipates into the Gulf Stream the chances of land fall in NC are small. The Gulf Stream stays offshore of North Carolina.
Can it happen? Yes. If this was Late August, early September I'd be a bit more concerned about it. That's when the waters are the warmest and the Gulf Stream is closest to the beach



The Gulf Loop is when that point from the Gulf Stream you see headed towards the Gulf actually goes on up into it. That point usually breaks off in the Gulf and forms a warm water eddy.


CNN is tracking the spill with an interactive map.
Tracking the oil spill - CNN.com
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:45 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Mother nature has a way of taking care of herself. Even if some oil potentially hit the coast of NC, it'll be so dilluted that it will have little effect. The oil that is spilling in the gulf is untouched, un-refined, un-processed crude. It's nothing like the oil that is inside of a car engine and certainly isn't going to produce some massive black oil slick covering the beaches. The oil spill is certainly not good but it has definately been "hyped" as a little worse than it actually is by the media. After all disasters are good for TV ratings.
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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Mother nature has a way of taking care of herself. Even if some oil potentially hit the coast of NC, it'll be so dilluted that it will have little effect. The oil that is spilling in the gulf is untouched, un-refined, un-processed crude. It's nothing like the oil that is inside of a car engine and certainly isn't going to produce some massive black oil slick covering the beaches. The oil spill is certainly not good but it has definately been "hyped" as a little worse than it actually is by the media. After all disasters are good for TV ratings.
Four or five million gallons of oil have already spilled, with no end in sight. Dead animals are washing up on the beaches, with more still out in the gulf unseen, drowning in toxic muck. The slick has spread over an area of approx. 2,500 miles. This sounds bad enough to me.

But, nah, we wouldn't want to hear the media "hyping" this disaster. We'd much rather hear about Tiger Woods and Michael Jackson, and hey, what about Britney Spears?? I haven't heard anything about her lately.
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Old 05-13-2010, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Yes, the media isn't hyping this, the awful facts speak for themselves.

Mother Nature is pretty overwhelmed right now, what with the volcanoes, floods, polar ice melting, and tornadoes and all--she doesn't need our help in spewing tons of oil into her and coating all her plant and animal life. We need more media coverage, not less.

Offshore oil drilling is dangerous, we need to know that and explore sustainable energy, not more offshore drilling.

Peak oil has come, it's time to do something else that doesn't cause polluted oceans.
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Old 05-13-2010, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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.........it's time to do something else that doesn't cause polluted oceans

Nuclear power, perhaps?
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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No, nuclear power generation has its own set of pollution and waste disposal problems (and accidents)--I was thinking more along the lines of wind and wave energy generation.
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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No, nuclear power generation has its own set of pollution and waste disposal problems



And on the subject of waste:
"An even larger fuel supply can be found in spent fuel rods from existing reactors. One kilogram of natural uranium contains as much energy as 38.5 tons of coal, but conventional nuclear reactors only utilize approximately 3 percent of that energy. Thus, recycling could provide an almost unlimited supply of nuclear fuel in the United States.

Recycling spent fuel would significantly decrease the problem of nuclear waste disposal. Reprocessing can also be a boon to local communities and create jobs. For example, two reprocessing facilities in France employ 11,000 workers and generate more than $600 million for the local economy"
SOURCE: National Center for Policy Analysis
Nuclear Power and the U.S. Energy Future | Publications | National Center for Policy Analysis | NCPA

I think its time to re-think nuclear energy. Heck-Over 80 percent of France's electricity comes from nuclear power. The Russians are planning on building nuclear plants in Syria and Turkey. I sure would hate to think that the US as a super power is dependent on a bright and windy day.
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Is it a good thing for the U.S. to be 'super power?' Perhaps our national debt wouldn't be so huge if we weren't. Maybe we could have affordable health care if we weren't.
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:03 PM
 
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I would be perfectly fine with a wind mills off our coast. Just make it to where they can't be seen on the beach (or lighthouses while we're at it). This would bring non-tourist driven jobs to the beach AND would be great for the sportsfisher.
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