Sunday, May 16, 2010

Drill Baby Drill

The Gulf Oil Spill in Perspective
Rep Joe Barton presiding

I want to put this in perspective, Mr. Chairman, before I have to yield back my time. This accident as far as we know is releasing 5,000 barrels a day into the Gulf of Mexico. It has been doing so for approximately three weeks so that’s a little bit over 100,000 barrels. The largest spill in the Gulf of Mexico to date was a spill off the coast of Mexico. It produced 90,000 barrels a day for nine months, 90,000 barrels per day for nine months. Exxon-Valdez was a tanker that ran aground in Alaska, that was a supertanker that was three to four hundred thousand barrels of oil. So far this spill has produced a little over a hundred thousand barrels. Now that in and of itself is a significant spill and it is a non-trivial incident, but it is nowhere near yet the order of magnitude of other accidents that have happened around the world.

There is a natural seepage in the oceans around the United States on an annual basis of four million barrels a year.

There is an annual seepage worldwide of over forty million barrels of oil per year.

So this, while it is an accident that is non-trivial, it is not of the catastrophic consequences that some in the mainstream media have made it out to be. [full C-Span video]

Thanks to anonymous for directing this to our attention.  Identify yourself and allow Samurai A/G TFV take you to dinner and a movie. 


Scottiebill said...

Note here that Barton refers to the spillages in barrels. As per the American Petroleum Institute, a barrel of oil is 42 gallons. But the main stream media keeps referring to the spillage in gallons, making it appear 42 times worse than it already is. But that is their intention, is it not?

Anonymous said...

Our dear leader was the #1 recipient of BP's campaign largesse. He kept a lid on the problem for two days until it was too big to hide, now he's shaking his finger around like my kindergarten class monitor, desperately looking for someone to blame, and complaining about lax industry oversight like it's somebody else's responsibility.

Anonymous said...

What seems to be lost in this mess is that this is an exploratory well that has found a hell of a lot of oil! I heard a geologist this morning on TV say that it could produce as much from this single find as 5000 wells on dry land in Texas. We have to stop the spill but then we must continue drilling in deep water. Those who think we can or should replace hydrocarbon energy with wind and solar are simply scientific morons.

JMcD said...

According to 'The Sun' online, BP has stopped the leak.

cmblake6 said...

Don't you think the timing of the "accident" is a tad suspicious? *AHEM*

cmblake6 said...

And linked.

Kristophr said...

cmblake6: That 'Tard in the whitehouse is not capable of organizing a good Reich-stag fire if his life depended on it.

These people are opportunists, not machiavellians.

cmblake6 said...

Really? Maybe not him, but think of his handlers.

Kristophr said...

They ain't as smart as they think they are ... crap is starting to fall apart on 'em.

JMcD said... much for “The Sun” online’s report that the oil leak had been repaired.
Wondered why it wasn’t showing up in other news outlets so I went back to The Sun for another look......The original article had disappeared and a smaller item now says that BP is recovering about 20 percent......
Soooo the goddamn Sun is as reliable out our US media...or maybe less.

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