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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Gulf oil spill breaks the record

Conservatives sure know how to set new records - for the worst. Sarah Palin's "Drill, Baby, Drill" and the Bush/Cheney regime to deregulate offshore drilling to dangerous and corrupt levels sure paid off well.

The Gulf oil spill has far surpassed the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 to become the worst oil spill disaster in United States. The Valdez spilled an estimated 11 million gallons of oil and over 20 years later, the affected parts of Alaska are still damaged. The Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill has leaked 18 to 28 million gallons of oil so far, and continues to leak oil at staggering amounts. These are low estimates and some estimates place it around 40 million gallons of oil leaked.

And following reckless conservative ideals, the news only gets worse for the Southern Republicans. When the Exxon Valdez soaked Alaska, it wasn't catastrophic to the state as a whole. Alaska is by far the largest state in land area and coastlines, but the smallest state in population. So population density is staggeringly small and the oil spill couldn't devastate Alaska as a whole.

However, the Gulf oil spill is soaking or getting ready to soak Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Then Florida and Texas are secondary targets. The three prime target states, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, have a much greater population density and a much smaller coastline compared to Alaska, so the Gulf oil spill will soak and destroy the entire coastlines of these states. Damages will be far greater than what happened to Alaska.

Excessive energy consumption. Reckless energy policies with total disregard for safety or the environment. Conservative values. You reap what you sow.


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