Comprehending the BP Oil Spill

Posted on June 18, 2010


Current scientific estimates place the BP oil disaster at up to 60,000 barrels a day.  A barrel of oil is 42 US gallons, and the blown well has been gushing oil for 60 days now.  That means as many as 21.6 million gallons of oil have been released since the disaster began in April.

21.6 million gallons divided by the United States population comes to about a cup apiece, or about a quart of oil for every family of four in America.

Take your quart of dirty oil and spill it onto your living room carpet.

That’s your share of BP’s oil disaster.

So far.

Don’t worry.  As a democracy, everybody in America has a proportionate share of oil spilled onto their living room carpets, so nobody needs to feel singled out.

And in the land of promise, there is a promise of months more oil spill to come.  You might even be entitled to another quart of oil down the line, if you don’t think the quart you have is messy enough.

There’s no need to worry, either, about your rug or other things the oil might damage.  BP has promised to be right over with some blotting paper and will sop it all up later.

Meanwhile, enjoy your spill.

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