A 1960 newsreel proves that Louisiana oysters thrive on oil

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The Political Desk has unearthed a real gem — a 1960 "public information service" newsreel by the American Petroleum Institute, which debunks the crazy theory that the oil industry might have some deleterious effect on the Louisiana oyster population ... as proven with a "two-million-dollar oyster research program!".

Back then, something was retarding the growth of oysters in the Gulf, so oil company scientists put some oysters in a tank and fed them a diet of crude oil and other gunk.

Surprise: "The test oysters were so happy they brought forth new generations – they never had it so good!"

Must be seen to be believed.

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