Amos estimates that the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf is more like 20,000 barrels a day -- four times the Coast Guard estimate, and 20 times what BP originally claimed. That would add up to about 12 million gallons of oil so far, making this spill worse than the 1989 wreck of the Exxon Valdez, which dumped 11 million gallons into Alaska's Prince William Sound -- one of the nation's worst environmental disasters.
The oil spill has now reached shore in fragile Gulf Coast habitat near the mouth of the Mississippi River. What can possibly be said? It's a filthy industry, we consumers are addicts, and the only solution is a transition to renewable energy sources. That transition is occurring, but renewables won't be a full substitute before we'll have left even more casualties, from wildlife to local economies to deadly foreign policy to the poor and vulnerable affected most by climate change. Only a completely amoral idiot could say, "drill, baby, drill!"