My Mother had a saying that covered the current oil spill in the Gulf.
"When in trouble, fear or doubt.
Fools run in circles
Scream and shout."
ScienceDaily (Jan. 27, 2000) — Twice an Exxon Valdez spill worth of oil seeps into the Gulf of Mexico every year, according to a new study that will be presented January 27 at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
Say we have 5,000 bbls a day spread along 100 miles of coast. That is 50 bbls per mile. Every day. At 42 gallons per bbl that is 2,000 gallons per mile or about .4 gallon per foot. Not too bad for one day. If it goes on for a couple of months not good immediately. A lot of wild life will be killed. And then as time goes on bacteria will start eating the oil and the food chain will blossom.
If the oil spreads more – that is good. If a lot evaporates – good. If a lot can be captured before it reaches the coast – good.
Of course if more drilling and mining of oil was allowed on land the chances of an accident at sea would be reduced relatively if not absolutely (oil consumption is still rising).
The good folk over at Power and Control also has a wise saying.
The desire of the ultra greens for a risk free civilization is increasing the risk that we will wind up with no civilization. Fools.
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