“It’s easy to manufacture fear,” says accomplished political consultant, attorney and educator James Carville. But, “It’s hard to manufacture test results.”
Sitting in the living room of his New Orleans home, Carville talks about recent attacks for special interest groups on the validity of testing of seafood from the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of April 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
Testing has been carried out, Carville underscores, not by BP but by many diverse government and private agencies and experts, ranging from the federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to state and independent laboratories. And, all the test results have confirmed that seafood is safe to eat.
“At some point, a mountain of evidence becomes overwhelming, and I don’t know how many times we have to test something … and every independent agency, every person that’s tested has come back with the same result,” says Carville.
Carville acknowledges the current atmosphere of mistrust in the United States, and he agrees that we should have mistrusted the banks, and other institutions have let us down as a society in America.
Regarding Gulf seafood, however, Carville points out that the combined interest has been to test and to assure safety, not to “manufacture fear” as some special interest groups and attorneys have been doing.