Saturday, May 01, 2010

LIGHT SWEET CRUDE - MISNOMER

THE GREAT OIL SPILL in THE GULF of MEXICO

Light - of relatively little weight
 
Sweet - having the taste of sugar;
low in sulfur content : sweet fuel oil.


Crude - being in an unrefined or natural state; raw; 

a dark oil consisting of mainly of hydrcarbons. 


Hydocarbons - Any class of compounds composed only of carbon  hydrogen. Hydrocarbons are principal constituents of petroleum & natural gas, lubricants, & raw materials for production of plastics, fibres, rubbers, solvents, & industrial chemicals. All burn to carbon dioxide and water with enough  oxygen or to carbon monoxide without it.

All but the simplest hydrocarbons have ISOMERS, see isomerismEthylene,methaneacetylenebenzenetoluene& naphthalene are hydrocarbons.


Misnomer - a name unsuitably applied
to something.
 
This oil spill violates the sacred place that is OUR Gulf Coast - the shorelines, the economy, the livlihoods,  the ecology, the life forms that live and breed there, the birds that migrate through, and the people who live and breathe the Gulf. 
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