Congressman Gene Taylor (D-MS) might represent an area near the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but he certainly isn't qualified to talk about oil in any regard. The Mississippian was given a helicopter tour of the area surrounding the sunken rig this past Saturday, and he gave one of the wackiest observations of a man-made catastrophe that I've ever heard.
From The Sun Herald:
Taylor flew over the site of the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig Saturday along with Department of Marine Resources Director Bill Walker and Rep. Jo Bonner of Alabama. [...]
"At the moment, it's not as bad as I thought it would be," he said, shortly after returning from the three-hour tour. [...]
What I want people to know is this isn't Katrina. This is not Armageddon. I did this for the Coast Guard many years ago. Yeah, it's bad. And it's terrible that there's a spill out there. But I would remind people that the oil is twenty miles from any marsh. [...]
That chocolate milk looking spill starts breaking up in smaller pieces... It is tending to break up naturally.
I don't know if Gene has ever tried to drink crude oil, but I doubt it would taste the same as chocolate flavored milk. And unlike milk, oil does not just 'break up naturally.' Introducing chemicals to break up oil, siphoning it and wiping it off from the surfaces it touches is how deal with a scenario like that is being dealt with in the Gulf.
Either Congressman Taylor needs to learn the fundamentals of chocolate milk and oil, be pulled away from the oil lobbyists that control part of his brain or be forced out of office by the people he supposedly serves.