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The Gulf: Getting some perspective.

June 14, 2010

I know this isn’t a blog about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill – and there is only so much that can be said. I swear I am almost done with this… the horse is clearly very dead.

One last one… from a friend (as of Friday, 4 June):

Sent: Friday, June 04, 2010 10:38 AM
To: Me; Amy F.
Subject: Gulf disaster


So I was just crunching some numbers about the spill (as Amy can attest, I have some free time on my hands at work right now):

Barrels of oil per day: 20,000 (who knows how accurate this is)

Days: 45

Total gallons spilled so far: 900,000

Gallons of gasoline derived from one barrel of oil: 19.5

Potential gallons of gasoline lost in gulf: 17,550,000

Gallons of gasoline consumed by U.S. per day: 378,000,000

That means that all the oil spilled so far would only make as much gasoline as the U.S. uses up in one hour.

It’s alarming to look at the size of that spill and then think about how small it is in comparison to what the world is burning through every day. Of course, comparing gas burned in a car vs. oil spilled in the ocean is about like comparing formaldehyde burned in a hazardous waste incinerator vs. formaldehyde spilled in my water bottle.

No, Amy, I didn’t just do that.

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