Friday, 6 August 2010
The Gulf Oil Spill
In june just passed I wrote a message to Obama about the Gulf Oil spill.
I was a little scathing.
I knew his mouthing off was to bolster flagging support for a failing President half way through his fist term and maybe not going to get a second.
But I might be wrong.
Mrs MBUN1 may have a comment on that.
Anyway a small boat has done some maths and I quote him.
Who can argue with a boat.............he is closer to the water that I will ever be.
The volume of the Gulf of Mexico is 2,424,000 cubic kilometers, or 6.43 * 1017 US gallons. The volume of oil spilt is estimated at 20m gallons to 50m US gallons; let's take the max, 5 * 107 gallons. That's one part of oil to 1.29 * 1010 parts of water.
The volume of the Thames at mid tide between Teddington and Gravesend is about 2.4 * 107 cubic metres (633 * 107 US gallons, or 127 times the total volume of the BP oil leaked). To replicate the 'environmental disaster' the Septics are claiming, I'll therefore have to empty 1.87 litres of engine oil into the river.
Now it appears that 75% of the oil has evaporated and a further 24% has been eaten by bacteria. The Armageddon merchants have crawled back in their (unpolluted) shells and the talk has switched to 'undetectable long term damage'
Whatever. The fact remains that 1 part of oil to 100,000,000,000 parts of water is nothing to get excited about.
Now I am not decrying the loss of income, marine life etc.............I just wanted to get a perspective so when a politician come on TV shooting off at the mouth about why his daughter cries at the action or lack of action of a BRITISH Company.....who has 42% of its shares owned by Americans by the way.............we might just be a bit more factual.
H/T to the Boat