The spatial extent of the Gulf Oil spill is growing by the minute. Here is the latest version by a Google engineer, allowing you to overlay the spill extent with the city and region of your choice. The surface area of the spill is measured from May 13. The mainstream press is starting to fill in, the "what if" scenarios that first appear on the blogs: what if a hurricane passes through the spill zone? what if the technological obstacles of capping a blowout 5,000 feet underground are insurmountable? what if the only way to stop the spill is to let the whole underground reservoir of oil seep itself out, over years and years? what happens to Florida real estate and tourism under a worst case scenario? Here's what GOP Senate hopeful Marco Rubio said in 2009: "A small minority in this country are opposed to offshore oil and they do so on grounds that are not factually based."
Marco is part of the "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less Coalition". Here is what I found from July, 2008: "The same old men that propelled George W. Bush into office in 2000 and 2004 are behind Newt Gingrich’s multimillion-dollar front group, American Solutions for Winning the Future (ASWF). ASWF has capitalized on the energy crisis... to promote a “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” campaign. Although the campaign’s priorities are just a rebranding of an oil-company agenda, ASWF’s well-funded drill-drill-drill message has achieved significant success..." Things change.
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