It’s Time for Republicans to Apply the “One Percent Doctrine” to Offshore Drilling
Even if there’s just a 1 percent chance of the unimaginable coming due, act as if it is a certainty.
The Coast Guard and BP have said it’s nearly impossible to know exactly how much oil has gushed since the blast, though it has been roughly estimated the well was spewing at least 200,000 gallons a day.
Even at that rate, the spill should eclipse the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident as the worst U.S. oil disaster in history in a matter of weeks. But a growing number of experts warned that the situation may already be much worse. [...]
Oil industry experts and officials are reluctant to describe what, exactly, a worst-case scenario would look like. But if the oil gets into the Gulf Stream and carries it to the beaches of Florida — and potentially loops around the state’s southern tip and up the eastern seaboard — several experts said it stands to be an environmental and economic disaster of epic proportions.
“It will be on the East Coast of Florida in almost no time,” Graber said. “I don’t think we can prevent that. It’s more of a question of when rather than if.”
You think Kenneth Jindal, Haley Barbour and the Secessionist have changed their tunes?
Predictably, the Quitter is still saying drill baby, drill.