I picked this up from a commenter at Grist:
A reader who is an engineer of considerable experience says watch this
one evolve carefully because it is destined to continue to grow and he shares this long (but worthy) explanation why:
"Heard your mention of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico this morning, and you (and most everyone else except maybe George Noory) are totally missing the boat on how big and bad of a disaster this is.
First fact, the original estimate was about 5,000 gallons of oil a day spilling into the ocean. Now they're saying 200,000 gallons a day. That's over a million gallons of crude oil a week!
That's an enormous catastrophe. (I removed some of the quote because I think it was a bit over the top, on reflection -- but I do believe it is very unclear when they will be able to cap this well and it might indeed be many weeks. So yes, it's really, really bad.) This is a product of a hubristic ideology that claimed that allowing people to do whatever the hell they want to make as much money as they possibly can will create the best of all possible worlds; and that anyone who tries to interfere on behalf of some imagined greater interest or common cause is an enemy of humanity. Is this what it will take for people to finally confront the enormity of our folly?