Thursday, April 29, 2010

Drill, baby, drill?

The oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, that exploded April 20th is now threatening to become the largest environmental disaster since the Exxon Valdez. Check the picture on the left and see the size of the spill and how close it is to two major wildlife refuges.

To get a better idea of the size of this sucker, check this picture:

Those are two ships on the edge of the slick. Estimates were that the slick was 48 miles long and 80 miles wide.

If you don't think this effects you, let us ask you this: You like shrimp? How about oysters? Well...people on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are worried that this disaster could wipe out their oyster industry and set the shrimping industry back years.

Meanwhile, last year BP, who operated the rig, reported a 39% increase in profits last year to just over 18.1 billion pounds. Anyone think the fine for this disaster comes anywhere close to making BP wince? Not that it would matter...our Supreme Court would probably bail them out just like the did Exxon.

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