Mr. President- Appreciate Your Concern But?


I do not question your sincerity in paying a lot of attention to the oil spill in the Gulf and concern for the potential loss of species that could result. However why have you not demonstrated any concern for the annual Gulf oxygen dead zone which covers much more area and the entire water column? As a result the dead zone kills finfish, and many more species than the oil spill. We have these annual dead zones in many estuaries including the Chesapeake Bay. The cause as pointed out by President Clinton’s Gulf Hypoxia Study Group in 2000 is over application of fertilizer partially paid by Government subsidy, another victim of our flawed agricultural policy. Lets not continue to let our concern for our precious species be influenced by the pollution perpetrator and give a free pass to some while punishing others.

Donald Kerstetter


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