posted on May, 17 2010 @ 12:40 PM
(Most data gathered via Wikipedia - citations for numbers can be found here.)
These are comparison numbers for other oil spills that have happened to our earth. Oil spills are horrible, no doubt about it. Do we need to have fear
and end-of-the-world woes about the Gulf of Mexico spill going on now? Probably not.
According to numerous sources (mainly oil companies and oil producing countries
) the Gulf War Oil Spill, currently the highest volume oil spill,
didn't have much long term damage [Ref].
The Horizon Oil Spill is currently the 4th worst oil spill in history. If it continues another month at 50,000-70,000 barrels a day it will move into
second worst; if it continues for another 4-5 months it will officially be the worst spill ever.
Did the Gulf War Oil Spill polute the entire world? Did it kill every living thing in the Persian Gulf? No. I appreciate people are concerned and
worried but instead of yelling the sky is falling (end of the world term in the U.S.) consider taking action and try to inform your government
officials of the truth in the numbers, help enact new legislation and fight for green technologies. (If you already are taking action - good on
We're gonna make it!! We humans always do!
[edit on 17-5-2010 by Thermo Klein]