We all know paper towels have many uses, but do they work to clean up an oil spill?
Exxon is going with "yes." Their clean-up method at the tar sands spill in Mayflower, Arkansas involves dropping a large number of what look like domestic kitchen towels onto the affected area.
Watch the secretly-shot video of the paper towel method, posted on Rachel Maddow's blog.
Exxon is most likely using a special paper towel developed for oil spills, made from a nanowire that absorbs oil and leaves water behind. If that's what they're using, the company might want to say so publicly, since the newly-published shots of thousands of paper towels dumped in the wetlands do not make for good PR.
The leaking Exxon pipeline is a small-scale version of the proposed Keystone Pipeline, which would stretch all the way across America, as Maddow points out.
Via the Rachel Maddow show.