In an effort to appeal to Americans in the need for a revamping of our nation’s energy policy, President Obama’s speech last night was not as passionate in his delivery as some hoped.
For decades, we have talked and talked about the need to end America’s century-long addiction to fossil fuels. And for decades, we have failed to act with the sense of urgency that this challenge requires. Time and again, the path forward has been blocked – not only by oil industry lobbyists, but also by a lack of political courage and candor… Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash American innovation and seize control of our own destiny.
- President Obama
Let’s hope that the Senate agrees for such a massive undertaking. Unfortunately the devastating effects of the oil spill are yet to be fully realized by the government as 27 Gulf drilling operations were approved after the spill! What will it take for those in charge to learn from their mistakes and start working to fix them – instead of waiting for the next big (unavoidable?) disaster?
The BP oil spill, the largest oil spill and worst environmental crisis in the history of the United States, began with the explosion of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20. To put this oil spill in perspective here are some surprising statistics:
- An estimated 60,000 barrels of oil, about 2.5 million gallons, a day is leaking into the Gulf. (Source: Business Week)
- If you could fill a school gymnasium from top to bottom with oil you would fill about 102 gyms. (Source: New York Times)
- As of May 17, 2010 the size of the oil spill was 130 miles long and 70 miles wide. That was a month ago! (Souce: New Orleans Times-Picayune)
- There are 400 wildlife species threatened by this oil spill, including whales, tuna, the gray fox, alligators and the snapping turtle. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune)
- As of June 14, 2010 the confirmed cost of the Gulf oil spill to BP was $1.6 billion. (Source: Press Association)
To get a better idea of the relative size of the BP Gulf Oil Spill you can download the Google Earth Plug-In, built by Google employee Paul Rademacher, that allows you to place an oil spill-sized image over your hometown.