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General News    H3'ed 6/9/10

Doomed Pelicans: British Petroleum Neglecting Booms in Pelican Rookery

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So here is the catch-22. Damned if you intervene and buck the system, and the birds are certainly damned if we don't get BP to maintain the boom. To leave it as is traps the unfortunate pelicans in a toxic environment and the chicks that survive will leave the nests and enter the brew.

Having recently returned from Haiti, I am reminded of conversations I had with Haitian doctors who were forced to do surgery and amputate limbs without benefit of sterile conditions or anesthesia in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake that claimed 300,000 lives. The earthquake was a natural disaster and men and women in the health care field had to abandon accepted standards of care in order to save lives.

BP's man-made catastrophe requires that reason be applied in an unprecedented ecological disaster. It is time to throw out the rulebooks and do what common sense and compassion dictates.

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