Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Gulf Oil Spill in Numbers

Here is a look at some of the shocking data surrounding BP's role in the Gulf disaster:

$450 MILLION: The estimated total BP has spent so far to clean up its catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

$93 MILLION: BP’s daily profit during the first quarter of this year.

Five: The approximate number of days of BP’s profits that would cover its total cleanup costs thus far.

11 percent: The percentage of Americans who hold a positive view of BP, according to a new poll from NBC and the Wall Street Journal.

2 percent: The size of the current leak relative to what BP promised federal regulators it could handle in its drilling permit application.

260: The number of failure modes the supposedly “fail-safe” blowout preventer used on BP’s leaking Mississippi Canyon 252 well had.

This is why Big Oil can't be trusted with our nation's safety and economy; they are too busy making massive profits to bother investing in effective safety mechanisms. It's time to stop pouring our money into the pockets of the oil industry and transition to cleaner, safer, more sustainable energy sources.

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