The primary story about BP’s Oil in the Water has been the effect it is having on animals and plant-life in the Gulf of Mexico, and then with the economy. People who make their livings on a destroyed environment are going to complain. But, there is also the question of whether the oil and other chemicals that are killing all life in the Gulf can also have any effect on humans.
So, should tourists be encouraged to visit the water, and play around in it, or should they be discouraged. The tourism economy is suffering because many people are wary. However, politicians who want to encourage tourists downplay and minimize the effect of oil and these other chemicals,
such as here,
CDC advises “Everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid areas affected by spill; Expert says crude oil contains “some of the most toxic chemicals that we know”
By oilflorida, on June 23rd, 2010
Health Data Gaps, BP Suspicions Worry U.S. Panelists, Bloomberg, June 22, 2010:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has issued health warnings…
While they suggest there is no threat, the CDC simultaneously advised “everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid spill-affected areas. …
Shira Kramer, an epidemiologist who has conducted research for the petroleum industry on the health consequences of exposure to petroleum, said she is concerned that the risks are being downplayed.