Despite Millions in Hourly Profits, Exxon Oil Spill Cleanup is Paper Towels and Duct Tape

Image: Screenshot from The Rachel Maddow Show

I know some people think that paper towels and duct tape can fix just about anything, but could someone please tell the guys at Exxon that this isn't always true? Watch the absurd video below.On a recent episode of The Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow reported on the recent Exxon oil spill in Montana's Yellowstone River. Lies from Exxon regarding the extent of the spill and danger area residents faced have caused Montana's government, led by Governor Brian Schweitzer to distance themselves from the Exxon clean-up command center, as well as inspire Gov. Schweitzer to call on Montanans to do their own soil analysis to help document the extent of the damage Exxon has caused.

But as good as the clip was at summarizing the news and giving it a historic context, what shocked me most about it was the footage of Exxon workers trying, if you can call it trying, to clean up the oil spill with paper towels. In the clip, Maddow raises the point that despite earning $5,000,000 in profits every hour Exxon (and other oil companies) are still using primitive methods to clean their spills. Be sure to watch the clip to minute 7 to see Exxon workers perform a high-tech maneuver called duct taping some paper towels together. Because, why not, right? If one paper towel absorbs some oil, surely duct taping a bunch together would make some sort of super paper towel. A few more rolls of towels and tape and we should have this river as good as new! The paper towels and duct tape creations aren't the only method for attempting to clean the oil. Exxon is also using boom, which is not always effective. If this is really the best we can do, let's be sure to keep this in mind when discussing other oil projects.

Here's the video.

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