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What Would You Do with 5000 Barrels a Day?

I just worked out some fun figures to lend perspective to the amount of crude oil hemorrhaging into the Gulf of Mexico every day:

It’s the volume of 35 average bedrooms (100 sq ft) filled up to the ceiling.

If people could eat crude oil, the daily spillage could sustain Chicago.

The gasoline that could be yielded from the lost oil could top off the tanks of 3000 Hummers every day.

That’s enough fuel to drive that entire fleet of Hummers from Seattle to Niagara Falls over the course of a week.

Let’s stop calling it a “leak”, okay?

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