Emergency managers say evacuation story “dreamed up” by Internet bloggers
Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, July 5, 2010
Despite growing rumors that there are plans for an imminent evacuation of the area affected by the BP oil spill, officials insist that no such program is being considered, attributing the stories to Internet bloggers with overactive imaginations.
For the past few weeks, the Infowars office has been bombarded with emails containing links to dubious websites that cite even more dubious sources in claiming that a massive evacuation program is being readied. The latest reports claim that soldiers are moving military families out of the Gulf to get ahead of the deluge of people who will be forced out of the area.
While claims of an evacuation remain confined to hearsay at this stage, such a scenario is not out of the question. If some of the estimated 2-4 million barrels of oil that have spilled into the Gulf are picked up by hurricanes and shoved onshore, the consequences would be terrifying, and would likely mandate some form of evacuation.
Oil in the Gulf not only contains a massive amount of methane, but also deadly hydrogen sulfide, benzene and methylene chloride. BP admits methane makes up about 40 percent of the leaking crude by mass. Experts have warned that “dead zones” will affect entire areas if the situation continues to worsen.
However, it’s not only bloggers on obscure websites who are warning of an evacuation. CFR member and chairman emeritus of Simmons & Company International Matthew Simmons was quoted in a June 22 Washington Post article discussing what will happen if a tropical storm hits the region.
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“We’re going to have to evacuate the gulf states. Can you imagine evacuating 20 million people?… This story is 80 times worse than I thought,” Simmons was quoted as saying.
Indeed, should an evacuation eventually occur, expect to see the government launch another round of illegal gun confiscations just as they did during hurricane Katrina.
In response to the evacuation rumors, emergency officials in Hillsborough County said that the story was “dreamed up” by an Internet blogger called Maryann Tobin.
“The concept alone frightens me, their claiming FEMA and other governmental people are secretly planning to evacuate people from the Tampa Bay area if the oil spill comes?” said Larry Gispert, manager of Hillsborough County’s Emergency Operation Center. “Well, we’re the ones who would do the evacuation and I’m here to tell you I’m not secretly doing anything.”
Former NSA official Wayne Madsen as well as “former State Trooper and Secret Service appointee” Greg Evenson are two other individuals who claim that an evacuation is just around the corner.
While rumors of a planned evacuation remain unconfirmed, there is no doubt whatsoever that the Obama administration has ruthlessly placed the importance of exploiting the crisis above and beyond any attempt to fix it.
The government is using the disaster to push its nightmare “green economy” agenda by invoking the crisis as a poster child for the dreaded carbon tax. The worse the situation gets, the more political capital Obama accrues to denounce oil companies like BP and call for dependence on oil to be reduced by hiking gas taxes. Of course, most people remain unaware of the fact that companies like BP were amongst the founding members of the cap and trade lobby and have been the staunchest promoters of the man-made global warming scam.
This article was posted: Monday, July 5, 2010 at 11:17 am