Oil Hurricanes May Cause Toxic Rain and Food Security Issues

by | Jun 14, 2010 | Headline News | 34 comments

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    This article has been contributed by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition.

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    What do you get when you mix a hurricane with an oil spill? How about the potential for a stronger hurricane, higher hurricane winds, toxic rain, and oil infused storm surges. Or, for those of you who prefer a little doom in your forecast, perhaps you’d like to hear that the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources believes “that the BP gas leak is going to become ‘the worst environmental catastrophe in all of human history threatening the entire eastern half of the North American continent with ‘total destruction’.”

    With the current oil spill bleeding millions of gallons of toxic crude and threatening the U.S. Gulf coast, many are wondering why there is such a lapsed response time with this catastrophic emergency. Of course, a slow response time is nothing new for the government. In fact, didn’t President Bush come under fire for his lapsed response time to Hurricane Katrina? Officials are even saying that the response on the BP oil spill is worse in comparison to the response time of Katrina.

    2010 Hurricane Season Will Be Very Active

    Since hurricane season began on June 1st, hopefully many have prepared for and are bracing themselves for what may be an extremely active season. That being said, what kind of response or contingency plan would the government have if a hurricane threatened to send oil or chemical dispersal agents ashore? Is there an emergency protocol for an emergency such as this? Can a hurricane be more devastating with the oil sitting on top of the water surface? One hurricane expert believes it can:

    Kerry Emanuel, a hurricane expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that hotter water helps create more powerful hurricanes… Theoretically, the Gulf [water] underneath this oil slick should be getting hotter than it normally would be… You have this black surface, and it’s doing two things, Emmanuel says. “First of all it’s absorbing sunlight. And secondly, it is curtailing evaporation from the Gulf.”

    It’s Not What the Oil Would Do to a Hurricane, But What the Hurricane Would Do With the Oil

    With the likelihood of there being multiple strong hurricanes this season, coupled with an oil spill that will not be cleaned up until the government stops dragging their feet (through the oil soaked waters), the impact of oil and dispersal agents coming ashore is a deadly combination. That brings us back to what the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources said about the oil spill threatening the eastern half of the North American Continent with ‘total devastation’.”

    According to the The European Union Times, “Russian scientists are basing their apocalyptic destruction assessment due to BP’s use of millions of gallons of the chemical dispersal agent known as Corexit 9500 which is being pumped directly into the leak of this wellhead over a mile under the Gulf of Mexico water and designed, this report says, to keep hidden from the American public the full and tragic, extent of this leak that is now estimated to be over 2.9 million gallons a day.”

    So what is Corexit 9500 that is being used to “pull the wool over our eyes”?

    Corexit 9500 and Corexit EC9527A are chemical solvents that break up the oil into minuscule particles. The active ingredient in both Corexit 9500 and Corexit EC9527A is 60% 2-Butoxy-ethonal, a neuro toxin pesticide that can be absorbed through the skin and cause damage to both human and aquatic life, causes cancer, as well as damage to internal organs, has a history of damaging reproductive organs, as well as genetic mutations. Both of these chemicals are more toxic than oil, and can cause long term damage. The effectiveness of the chemical dispersants is mediocre at best. The effectiveness of Corexit 9500 is 54% and the effectiveness of Corexit EC9527A is 63%. Not only is the effectiveness an issue, but these dispersants do not eliminate the oil, nor do they decrease the oil’s toxicity. The worse part of this is, when mixed with the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, its molecules will transition from a liquid state into a gaseous state, which can be absored by clouds. Thus causing toxic rain.

    Toxic Rain Could Destroy Our Way of Life (TEOTWAWKI)

    According to the European Union Times, the effects of toxic rain would theoretically destroy microbial life and potentially set off the death of our food chain as we know it. If this happens, the entire food chain would be effected by this — from beetles to birds to deer. In laymans terms, our way of life could be gravely threatened.

    Of course, this scenario depends entirely upon the timing of the hurricane and the direction it is headed. According to hurricane experts, if a hurricane passes to the east, the oil would be driven away from the coast. If the hurricane passes to the west of the oil slick it would bring oil ashore. And storm surges would further bring oil and chemical ladened water onto land, thus corrupting, and contaminating anything it touches. It would pollute vegetative marshes, as well as areas prone to wildlife, not to mention our food and water sources.

    Due to the lack of information on this crisis, it is all speculation at this point. But what we do know is that if a person comes in contact with the fumes or dispersants from the crude, it can make them very sick and effect their respiratory system. Additionally, if a person gets crude on their skin, prompt measures need to be taken to thoroughly clean the oil off. Here is some information provided by the CDC on the effects of crude on the body and what symptoms to look out for.

    The Gravity of the Situation

    The reality of the situation is just as the temperature continues to increase, so does the potential threat of a hurricane or tropical storm. Those that live on the Gulf coastline should prepare earnestly for this year’s hurricane season and take preparing seriously. This situation is too big to gamble your life on. The coastlines are already vulnerable due to the crude damaging the vegetation off the coastal marshes (coastal marshes minimize the storm surges strength when it hits the coastline). Unfortunately, the government (in all of it’s infinite wisdom) is dragging their feet on yet situation another major disaster. But isn’t the lapsed response and mismanagement to major emergencies the reason most of us are prepping and becoming more self reliant? This is a potential TEOTWAWKI situation and preppers in this surrounding area should be made aware of the severity of the situation and prepare accordingly. Those that are in the area should prepare for madatory evacuations, toxic rain, stocking up on more storage food, water and medical supplies. Most importantly have a bug out location and a plan in place! Brace yourselves folks, it could get rough.

    For more information regarding emergency evacuations, 72 hour bags, short term food supply and hurricane readiness go to Ready Nutrition.

    Additional Reading:

    Hurricanes and The Oil Spill

    Track The Oil Spill

    The Amount of Neurotoxin Pesticide Corexit Sprayed By BP Tops 1 Million Gallons

    This article has been contributed by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition.


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      1. Great article. Interestingly, this is the first one I have read that deals specifically with the threat of hurricanes and the impact such a storm might have. The MSM has mentioned hurricane season, but they have steered clear of going into the possible effects if a hurricane were to combine with the oil leak.

        I am sure the govt/BP/et. al. has people working on this, but I am not so sure they would tell us what to expect if they concluded that the effects could be hazardous and widespread. The modus operandi thus far has been to keep as much from the public as possible, so I/we must assume that there could be serious problems once hurricanes start heading our way. In terms of prepping, my motto is to think worst-case, not best-case.

        That being said, for those near the gulf coast, think about getting ready to not just weather a hurricane, but the possibility of mandatory evacuations. Keep in mind that if evacuations occur as a result of a toxic threat, then you could be looking at not days, but week or months of being away from home. Additionally, once you have a good feeling/idea that a hurricane is headed your way, perhaps get out of Dodge ASAP this time around. Unlike a normal hurricane, we could have the added effect of  toxins in the air and water, which will scare the crap out of anyone in the hurricane’s path, which means panic and pandemonium.

      2. Those FEMA camps will come in mighty handy.

      3. The words :  POSSIBLE , MAY . and SPECULATION speak volumes .    Lets not get all wraped around the axle with this , I suggest a wait and see posture .

      4. Here’s a SHTF scenario: What if it was raining oil on the earth in the middle of a lightning storm and the lightning ignited the oil and fire started raining down? That would be some biblical end of the world stuff right there. I wonder what the chances of that really could be.

      5. Can we seed the clouds over Washington D.C. and find out?

        In any event it could not be any worse than the torrents of BS and lies we get out of the Obama administration every day. 

      6. Comments…..Where do you come up with these nitwits who know enough ‘cane ‘knowledge’ to be dangerous. Choppy waters break up oil, the more broken up the less the damage done. A hurricane over oil has occured every year since man lived on the Gulf. We’ve just never seen this much at one time. I’ll be the first to apologize if a ‘cane over the Gulf ends the world as we know it. Ain’t going to happen!

      7. Yea TheGman…I’m sure your apology will make all of those folks who live in the gulf feel a whole lot better…Airborne71’s wait and see posture sure looks a lot like Obama’s approach to the situation over the last 55 days or so. BP has opened the bottomless pit (BP) and the black death will reign death upon the planet. There will be nothing mankind can or will do about it…make sure you’ve got plenty of beans, bullets and band aids stored away…cuz yer gonna need’m!

      8. BREAK….My wait and see Posture is on the article being correct if the oil would produce a toxic rain  among other disasters This is in no way an endorsement to do nothing to fix the oil spill . Lest we forget , the Exxon Valdez oil spill did not permanently destroy Prince William sound , it has recovered.

      9. Great job Tess!

        Ol’ Remus over at The Woodpile Report had this link up recently:


        and wondered if perhaps this was a warning sign of the evaporation of toxic compounds in the Gulf being transported inland. The damage to flora & fauna cited seems likely to be the result of an environmental input – a chemical agent of unknown origin.

        The warm waters of the Gulf speed the evaporation of the more volatile compounds – the top of the barrel so to speak – in the crude.  The Corexit will certainly ‘spice up’ an already toxic stew.
        Tropical storms suck-up vast amounts of water vapor over the Gulf and often transport large volumes of it as far north as Chicago before releasing it on the crops-livestock-wildlife-people below….

      10. Tom, 

        I’d settle for toxic oil rain on Chicago, nothing but criminal politicians coming out of that town anyways.   Like Barry Obummer.

      11. Rio,

        If we could limit the fallout to corrupt politicians (is there any other kind?) I would agree.  However lots of good people live between the Gulf & points north. Lots of agriculture too. Illinois is in the top 3 (I believe) in the production of both corn & soybeans. You lose that (and everything to the south of it) and we really will have the ‘food armageddon’ event the Market Skeptics article I savaged earlier this year was talking about….

        Be careful what you wish for.

      12. The oil will create a greenhouse effect within the water table. In other words the water will heat up higher and faster. It can possibly create super hurricanes in which lightning ignites a whirlwind of fire, given the oil that is sucked up into the air with the sea water.

      13. Obama is a whirlwind of bullshit. 

      14. I’m certainly no ‘cane expert, but it seems to me that this is bad enough for all the states effected right now, let alone if the corexit literally raining down many miles inland due to a ‘cane. As it stands now hundreds of thousands and maybe millions of folks are screwed out of their livelihoods and homes, possibly for months or years, or forever, for all we know. This one disaster is going to cost a gazillion dollars in clean-up, remediation, lost income and taxes….and America is beyond broke. In all my thinking and planning  and prepping and considering the “what ifs”, I never dreamed this would happen.

      15. What would you call this… an Oilicane?

      16. not even kidding, I had a dream last month that the Gulf Coast got nailed by a toxic katrina like strength hurricane and the damage was so beyond belief it sent the stock market down on a crash to the likes none of us have ever seen before…..multiple thousand points within a matter of hours.

        A ton of people have been having vivid dreams lately, it’s why I started up http://www.worldwidewakeupNOW.com and gave it a section for people to come and post what vivid dreams they’ve been having….idk what’s around the corner or how its going to hit alls I know is that I can smell the shit that’s about to hit the fan, it’s that close

      17. It seems pretty clear now, that O&G is spewing out at more than 1,000 BOH, or 24,000 BOD and not 6,000 BOD as BP first indicated; as new reports suggest the size is six times that which was initially reported.

        If it isn’t plugged soon, it could be the trigger we have feared. Worse than a finacial collapse, it ruins crops in the South, East, and Mid West for years to come. Those ‘canes move right through the heartland after they make landfall. Russia may be right on this one.

        Double, even triple your emergency rations if you can. A couple more months and this gets really, really, ugly.

      18. Thanks for the link Suzi, my French is a bit rusty. Fortunately, Alex speaks in English.

        40 gpb x 1000 bph equals:   40,000 x 24 = 960,000 gpd which is a little less than Lindsays estimate of 1,000,0000 gpd.

      19. “Lest we forget , the Exxon Valdez oil spill did not permanently destroy Prince William sound , it has recovered.”  No, Prince William sound has not recovered. http://www.valdezlink.com/inipol/

      20. The 2-butoxyethanol in Corexit 9527 is the same thing that’s in Simple Green cleaner.  Draw your own conclusions about whether spraying millions of gallons of Simple Green at the oil is a good idea.


      21. James…James…James ,  I have been there , I have fished there , I have friends who  LIVE there .  Regardless what the Liars in the MSM want you to beleave , it has recovered .  NUF SAID .

      22. This is serious. That much wind and goo. We could be looking at the all time world’s biggest snot bubble. Call Guiness!!

      23. I live in Mobile, Al. I am more afraid of the impending hurricane situation than anyone on this post. I see boom everyday. CNN was up the street from my home broadcasting live on the situation. When control burns are executed, I experience headaches that pain medication will not relieve. I have a mother that is on oxygen; she is afraid to go outside. We are living this disaster that you are seeing on television.

        With all that being said, I still am not blaming President Obama for this disaster. This is NOT his disaster…it is BRITISH PETROLEUM’S DISASTER. He was giving the people who made the mess time to fix it. When it was clear that BP had no clue how to truly fix the situation…he stepped into the situation. Oil drilling occurred long before President Obama entered office. He never chanted, ” Drill baby, drill!” in his campaign speech. THIS IS NOT HIS FAULT! People spend so much time stating that there is way too much governmental regulation. However when a situation like this happens, people are asking,” Why isnt the government doing anything?” Furthermore it is a lack of regulation from prior administrations that has gotten us to this point. If you want to point the blame at someone, it needs to be pointed at the greedy administrations before President Obama. Those were the one’s that refuse to look into Clean Energy and wanted to Drill Baby, Drill.

      24. Airborne71 – I saw your reply a few days ago. You gotta be as be as bumb as NUF SAID. If you did not read those reports that had the information about the oil that is still under the surface and you still need some proof, then have one of your friends that live there go an area that was cleaned and have them move some of those rocks. Just going down a foot or less and oil will fill the hole. The evidence was clearly shown that the cleaning effort was successful for the surface and a few inches down, but those people doing the clean up didn’t move tons of rocks to get that oil out from under those rocks. So, oil is still there 21 years later.

      25. Comments…..Remember that the Valdez spill was only one ship worth of oil.   It spilled out, that was it, there was no more.  This is an immense gusher that may NEVER STOP spewing out oil!

      26. JAMES , You remind me of one of my Sergent’s when I was in the Army. “Don’t confuse me with the facts Private , My minds made up” !!  Have a nice life .

      27. LOL!  The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources??  They sure have credibility and a great record, considering Russia is one of the most polluted, toxic, environmentally devasted countries in the developed world!! 

        This oil disaster is the punishment from ALLAH PAK to usa due to torture and kill muslim in Afganistan and Iraq.

      29. No, this oil disaster is just the beginning of God’s punishment of America for abandoning Christ.  You haven’t seen anything yet.

      30. It can’t be allah or jesus, those two are obviously just phony religions.  It’s really Zenu living in the volcano!  Just ask Tom Cruise!

      31. Talking about destroying the food chain …. it seems that whale shit is loaded with iron which draws carbon out of the atmosphere and at the same time is the fertilizer for algae and plankton, which is the basic food for krill, which is the basic food for everything else right up the ocean food chain.

        Save the whales! Sink japanese ships!

      32. We should shoot down the planes and nuke Britain you f—- idiots

        This is war morons
        You idiots in the gulf are dead, idiots on the beach are dead
        Wake up USA, Britain just genocided us


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