I don't like telling people the New World Order is planning to massively reduce the population, because it really makes me look crazy. But this piece of info concerns the public welfare and I have to pass it on. Apparently BP is spraying a chemical dispersant called Corexit 9500 on the oil spill. The EPA was considering forcing BP to use a "less toxic" dispersant, but now it seems Corexit 9500 is fine. If you're like me, your ears perk up when you hear the word 'toxic' next to the phrase 'sprayed in oceans', so I looked into this Corexit chemical. First off the company that makes it, Nalco Holding, has been connected to Exxon since 2001. So that's ten points against it. Propylene glycol is a major ingredient in Corexit, both of which are completely harmless. At least I hope so, since propylene glycol is found in pharmaceuticals, food, toothpaste, tobacco (smoke, snu and chew), saline solutions, food additives, anti-freeze, hydraulic press fluids, massage and anti-bacterial lotions, deodorant, beer and wine (they use PG to cool the tanks), and as a solvent in photograph-development chemicals. Oh, and my favorite from Wikipedia's list of uses for Propylene Glycol: As the killing and preserving agent in pitfall traps, usually in capturing insects.
I got sidetracked by that rant about Propylene glycol. I'm sure PG is a completely harmless chemical. I mean, we eat and drink PG, we cover our bodies in it, so that must mean it's non-toxic. Wikipedia agrees, after all:
"It would be nearly impossible to reach toxic levels by consuming foods or supplements, which contain at most 1 g/kg of PG. Cases of propylene glycol poisoning are usually related to either inappropriate intravenous use or accidental ingestion of large quantities by children. The potential for long-term toxicity is also low.
So kids poison themselves on it, but they're probably too young to be using in the first place. Anyway, propylene glycol is only about ten percent of Corexit. The rest is a vague mix of hydrotreated light petroleum products, in essence an industrial-grade paint thinner. BP sprays it into the ocean and the problem is solved. Except that Corexit doesn't make the oil go away. Dispersants just break down the large visible oil slicks into microscopic particles that zooplankton and phytoplankton can feast upon and die. Then the fish die. And then the coral reefs worldwide will sicken and the entire stock of ocean life will dwindle and disappear. And the scientist will all say global warming, because no one wants to point out the deadly melange of oil and Corexit that is currently brewing in the Gulf. My point is that BP hasn't solved the problem, they've only made it worse. Check out the handling instructions for Corexit 9500:
Keep container tightly closed. Do not get in eyes, on skin, on clothing. Do not take internally. Avoid breathing vapor. Use with adequate ventilation. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice. After contact with skin, wash immediately with plenty of soap and water.
Restrict access to area as appropriate until clean-up operations are complete. Stop or reduce any leaks if it is safe to do so. Ventilate spill area if possible. Do not touch spilled material. Remove sources of ignition. Have emergency equipment (for fires, spills, leaks, etc.) readily available. Use personal protective equipment recommended in Section 8 (Exposure Controls/Personal Protection). Notify appropriate government, occupational health and safety and environmental authorities.
Do not contaminate surface water.
But spraying it into the ocean is fine.