BP Oil Leak, The Worst Manmade Disaster in the History of the World
To borrow a phrase from Laura Ingraham, fox news contributor and radio talk show host, this country is bleeding. Nothing could be truer. The Deep Water Horizon Oil Rig blew up killing 11 men. In addition to this tragic loss of human life, the well has been leaking hundreds of thousands or even millions of gallons of oil per day. One barrel of oil is equivalent to 42 gallons. British Petroleum (BP) reported that the oil was initially spilling out 5000 barrels a day. Scientists have come up with different numbers. Using Satellite imagery, oceanographer at Florida State University, Ian R. MacDonald has calculated BP’s estimate as being four or five times smaller than its actual amount. Other scientists used the image from BP’s live feed to measure the flow of oil out of the pipe and have concurrently estimated the spill to be about four or five times larger than BP’s estimate. The Exxon Valdez oil spill, which occurred in 1989, spilled out nearly 11 million gallons of oil in Prince William Sound, Alaska. If the scientific calculations are correct with regards to our current crisis, we have exceeded that 11 million gallon mark by about four or five times. And the worst news is: the well appears to be gushing out more oil than ever before following BP’s most recent effort to cap the oil well. The cut in this latest attempt was reported to have been an irregular cut, and BP stated that the plans to cap the oil well were proving to be more challenging, partly in due to the irregular cut. Both of the previous methods: placing an enormous dome over the top of the well in order to siphon out the oil, and “top kill” the pumping of huge amounts of mud and cement into the leak in hopes of blocking the leak, unfortunately failed.
This is not a political issue. This is perhaps the worst industrial problem the world has ever faced. How many times do we have to see Billy Nungesser crying on CNN about the lack of effort coming from BP as well as the federal government? Anderson, please stop! There are close to 50 million gallons of oil getting pushed onto the coast, and it’s only going to get worse. No matter what efforts are taken, it’s not going to be enough. The national guard has been called in, the coast guard is on the job, and even NASA has been called in to put a stop to this oil leak. BP has assured us that they will work relentlessly to stop this leak and to clean it up as well.
Dana Perino, former Bush Press Secretary, was on the O’Reilly Factor talking to Laura Ingraham, who was filling in for Bill O’Reilly. She mentioned that the president should ignore the advice of the left to be more fierce and angry. The day before, Laura Ingraham along with Spike Lee wouldn’t shut up about how the president needs to show more passion. Is passion going to stop the millions of gallons of oil from destroying the beaches and wetlands, birds and sealife, jobs and homes, as well as the environments and ecosystems in that entire region? BP is right about one thing when they said that that their main concern is not to deliver statistics about how much oil is flowing out of the well. Their primary concern right now is shutting down this disastrous leak. Harvard Professor Larry Keely once said, “No one is as smart as everyone.” Let’s stop the blaming, crying, and political games and with a well-coordinated and whole hearted effort put an end to this together.