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Oil Spills for Dummies

So, at a Sunday news briefing, British Petroleum’s CEO, Tony Hayward, announced that there are no underwater plumes of oil resulting from the April accident at the company’s Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Why? Well, first BP’s testing hasn’t found any such evidence. And second, Hayward reminds us that, you know, oil…

Dishwashing in the Gulf

Let’s start with some slightly, okay, more than slightly depressing numbers: Since the devastating explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig almost three weeks ago, more than 1.7 million gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and more than 250,000 gallons of chemical dispersant have been sprayed onto that spill in an effort…