The gulf oil spill by numbers we can understand

J-Walk has a post about the oil spill in understandable terms. 

  • The Mississippi River pours as much water into the Gulf of Mexico in 38 seconds as the BP oil leak has done in two months.
  • For every gallon of oil that BP’s well has gushed into the Gulf of Mexico, there is more than 5 billion gallons of water already in it.
  • The amount of oil spilled so far could only fill the cavernous New Orleans Superdome about one-seventh of the way up.
  • If you put the oil in gallon milk jugs and lined them up, they would stretch about 10,800 miles. That’s a roundtrip from the Gulf to London.
  • BP has spent more than $54.8 million lobbying federal officials in Washington since 2000; that’s about 44 cents for every gallon of oil it has spilled.
  • 4 cans of sodaTake the 125 million gallons of oil spilled in the Gulf and convert it to gasoline, which is what Americans mostly use it for. That produces 58 million gallons of gas – the amount American drivers burn every three hours and 41 minutes.
  • If all the oil spilled were divided up and equal amounts given to every American, we would all get about four soda cans full of crude oil that no one really wants.

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10 thoughts on “The gulf oil spill by numbers we can understand”

  1. Ok, this article really p!sses me off. Someone is trying to put a real happy-go-lucky feeling spin on a really bad thing. Trying to turn a negative into a positive. By using terms like: just, only, isn’t that huge, relatively tiny, only fill the cavernous, a very big ocean, and four cans full of crude oil that no one really wants are suppose to make people sigh and say “Oh, it really isn’t as bad as we thought”. The great news is that the pocket of oil down there has hardly been tapped and there’s 2 years more of it left to spew. Absolute bullsh!t at it’s finest. I was born at night but not last night. On related articles at the bottom, the headlines are “How the ultimate BP Gulf disaster could kill millions.” Go figure. Well, that sure got my blood boiling early.

  2. This mess will make trouble for a long, long time. I figure that once the main thrust is over, headlines will give into something more “interesting” to the masses that the media caters too.

  3. BP has spent more than $54.8 million lobbying federal officials in Washington since 2000; that’s about 44 cents for every gallon of oil it has spilled.

    So a major world corporation has spent 5.48 million dollars a year on lobbyist money. That isnt very shocking.

  4. I’d like to hear the real truth from the people that live and work and survive there, not the b.s. news stories.

    You’re right Isiah, I’m not surprised at all about the lobbyist money. DJ is so correct about our global need for oil. This is plain and simple, A catastrope of massive proportions.

    I’m not saying don’t drill baby, I’m just saying “CAP THAT PR!CK, TONY HAYWARD”

  5. Stolen from Miss Lyd again:

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  6. Bella, thank you. I can’t believe that this was written, much less reproduced. It is in poor taste. Seth Borenstein (the originator) should be dragged through the oil to get a taste of “just” how “little” the mess is.

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