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Self-Proclaimed ‘Homophobe’ Out of Energy Dept. Gulf Spill Team

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May 18, 2010 10:18 am EDT: UPDATED with additional background

The U.S. Department of Energy has removed a member of the five-person panel set up to find solutions to last month’s gulf oil spill – after complaints from gay rights supporters and progressives about some of his ideas.

The team was described by the DOE as “our best scientific minds” – and was tasked with assisting BP engineers in trying to control the flow of oil and contain the spill, which is still ongoing. One of the scientists on the team was Dr. Jonathan I. Katz, a professor of physics at Washington University who, as part of the JASON group, has consulted with the Defense Department.

He’s also a self-proclaimed “proud” homophobe, and the author of articles like “Why Terrorism is Important,” “Don’t Become a Scientist,” and “In Defense of Homophobia.” In that piece, Katz writes that “homosexuals and intravenous drug abusers” “poisoned the blood supply” and that victims of AIDS died “so the sodomites could feel good about themselves.” He has also referred to Al Gore as “an over-the-hill politician who wants to remain in the public eye” for his warnings about climate change

On Monday, gay bloggers led by John Aravosis from Americablog petitioned the White House to remove Katz from the team. Monday night, the Department of Energy told OutQ News it had done just that. Spokesperson Stephanie Mueller wrote, “Some of Professor Katz’s controversial writings have become a distraction from the critical work of addressing the oil spill. Professor Katz will no longer be involved in the Department’s efforts.”

–Aaron McQuade

Written by OutQ News staff

May 17, 2010 at 7:43 PM

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  1. […] – DOE Spokesman Stephanie Mueller May 17, 2010 Sirius OutQ News […]

  2. While watching the latest news about the BP Oil spill, a frightening thought came to mind: what if we can’t stop the oil? I mean, what happens if after all the measures to cap the pipe fail, (i.e., “Top Hat”, “Small Hat” and “Top Kill”). What then? An accident this problematic is new territory for BP. The oil pipeline is nearly a mile down on the ocean floor, accessible only by robots. Add on top of that the extreme pressure at which the oil is flowing out of the pipeline and there you have it: the perfect storm.

    Moreover, scientists also claim that they’ve found an enormous plume of oil floating just under the surface of the ocean measuring approximately 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick. (I’m no math genius, but I bet one of you reading this could figure out just how many barrels of oil that is…)

    There are new estimates that the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico is anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 barrels of oil a day: that’s a far cry from BP’s estimated 5,000 barrels a day. If BP’s estimates are correct, the total amount of oil now in the Gulf would be approximately 150,000 barrels (or 6,300,000 gallons). That’s barely enough to fill 286 swimming pools: sixteen feet, by thirty-two feet, by eight and a half feet deep. That wouldn’t cover an area the size of New York City, let alone an area the size of Delaware. Obviously, the spill is much larger than we are being led to believe. If the leak can’t be stopped, in a year’s time, we’ll have roughly 18,250,000 barrels of oil (or 766,500,000 gallons) in our oceans, killing our marine and animal wildlife. Such a calamity would be environmentally and economically disastrous. I’m not a religious man, but I pray that BP and our government work fast to end this catastrophe.

    http://www.calculateme.com/Volume/Barrels(Petroleum)/ToGallons.htm

    http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2010/05/17/latest-news-from-the-oil-spill-in-the-gulf-of-mexico-is-grim/

    http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/dailyloaf/2010/05/20/scientist-says-oil-spill-is-leaking-100000-barrels-of-oil-a-day-not-bps-estimate-of-5000/

    The Destructionist

    May 20, 2010 at 4:36 PM


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