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Bill Nye explains the oil spill 5

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Government scientists say this is the worst oil spill in US history. Somewhere between 12,000 and 19,000 barrels of oil are spewing into the Golf each day. It could already be four times larger than the Exxon Valdez spill. Joining us now, scientist Bill Nye. We all know him as the science guy. Good Morning to you, Bill. Good Morning. Lets get the impact here. How do you see it playing out to the fish, the wildlife, the water, and the ability to clean the marshes. How are we going about doing that? I tell you, in Cordova, Alaska near the mouth of the Copper River, they are still working against the oil that spilled there twenty years ago. So, I imagine, we'll have the same problems in Louisiana and I think there are more people living there, the fishing industry is a lot of bigger and being a warmer climate, I think it's going to be more sensitive to this gooey oil. The water is not going to cool it off and help it sink. So this is going to be a very, very serious problem. I am telling you as a observer I think that BP has stopped being forthcoming with all the information. I mean we all know that. But It is troubling. And Bill with regard to one suggestion to burn the marshes, to try burning off that oil. Is that a viable option in your mind? Well, is that preferred? Is that a lesser of 2 evils? See, when you burn the oil, you change it from this long hydrocarbon chain, which is toxic in some ways into to a carbon dioxide and ash which is toxic in other ways. That's a tough call. also I am not sure... I am not clear on how well something like this will burn. When the oil first reaches the surface, it is closer to gasoline than it is to tar, but after it evaporates for a few days and it mixes with plankton and another material in the water columns as we like to say, in the vertical part, we're looking at the ocean vertically this stuff becomes much thicker and I am not sure if it's nearly as combustible as the lighter part of the crude oil evaporate, this stuff becomes less and less easy to burn. So Bill, last question here real quick. You said it has been twenty years since Exxon Valdez, they're still cleaning things up there, how long will we be cleaning things up here? I sure think at least a decade, I mean, at least ten years. You know...this thing... my concern is this junk shot which I gotta say I thought it was a kind of cool idea. I thought it would work. Just watching the faces of the BP executives and stuff... I don't think they are felling good about it this think could leak. yeah... they are saying, there's sixty to seventy percent chance at this point. we're certainly keeping a close eye on it to see. We're hoping it is seventy and above in terms of its efficacy rate Bill Nye, thanks so much for joining me. The science guy! Our coverage of the Gulf oil disaster continues throughout the day on MSBC. At noon eastern, famous chef and restaurateur , John Besh is going to talk about how the Gulf oil spills is affecting the seafood that he puts out on his tables at his 6 New Orleans restaurants.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 17 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: MSNBC
Director: MSNBC
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Posted by: csilva on Jul 6, 2010

Bill Nye explains the oil spill 5

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