Friday, May 21, 2010

Just one offshore oil well...

Photo from NASA's Earth Observatory 5/18/10 (Click on photo to enlarge image)

In this NASA photograph, the oil slick from BP's Deepwater Horizon blowout covers thousands of square miles. The rig was located in the upper left center of this photo.

There are over 2,000 active oil wells in "Federal" tracts in the Gulf of Mexico. Some wells have been bored to a depth nearly equal to the height of Mt. Everest. This region and that in the Arctic offer our last great hope for replenishing domestic oil reserves. At what price do we finally decide to stop basing our entire economy and way of life upon fossil fuels?

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