Monday, July 26, 2010

The BP Oil Spill in Context

interesting note:
The Niger Delta, where the wealth underground is out of all proportion with the poverty on the surface, has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates.

I'm not saying it's not bad, but it does highlight that to the extent the US stops drilling it happens elsewhere, probably with worse effects on Gaia.


Dave said...

There's also natural seepage in the U.S., e.g., off the coast of CA, where drilling has been banned for decades.

Anonymous said...

Come on, this is just silly. First, BP spill is equal to an Exxon Valdez every five days. Second, there is no one to one relationship between tougher regulations in the US and drilling elsewhere. You can easily argue that the reverse is true.

Anonymous said...

It's far from silly. It's directly analogous to the fact that if the "rich" countries agree to tight carbon-reduction targets, then the aggregate carbon released worldwide will increase because manufacturing will shift to energy-inefficient non-signatories such as China.

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