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Oil Spill

May 5, 2010

On April 20, 2010 the MODU Deepwater Horizon exploded and caught fire. On April 22, 2010 there was a second explosion and the rig sank. Of 126 Crew members 115 have been saved. On April 23, 2010 the search for survivors was suspended. My condolences to the families of the other 11. I do not deal well with death so I will move on to my point.

On April 24, 2010 it was estimated by the Coast Guard and company officials that 1,000 barrels of oil is escaping each day. A standard oil barrel is 42 US gallons. That’s an estimate of 42,000 gallons a day. Worst case scenario we are looking at 700,000 gallons to date. A bell is in transit to facilitate containment of the well and stop the leak. Worst case let’s estimate 1,000,000 gallons. This doesn’t even rate on the scale of spills. The Exxon Valdez was over ten times worse than this and is only at number 34 on the list. Check here for the worst spills.

As you can see in 1980 Mexico had an accident which spewed 30,000 gallons a day for a year. Do you remember hearing about that? I don’t either. Top of the list is the work of Saddam Hussein (not Obama) who dumped 520,000,000 gallons resulting in an oil slick four inches thick covering 4,000 square miles. (Figure centimeters and kilometers for yourself.) A Greek tanker dumped 90,000,000 in 1979 near Trinidad and Tobago.

I can go on and on but read it for yourself. My point here is that the ocean seems to handle this sort of thing in stride. A scientist, Dr. Roy Spencer, has estimated that the Gulf itself leaks 5,000 gallons a day. I think we’re seeing another case of “let no crisis go to waste” (Eric Holder). Remember, cap-and-trade lurking in the wings, once again the American Clean Air and Security Act, already passed the House so contact your Senator. Until next time, screw environmentalists.