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Ixtoc II all over again

The Ixtoc I oil spill disaster - which went on for months, I remind you - was eventually thought to have dumped about 3.5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. That's 147,000,000 gallons.

According to the widget that PBS has put up - now with video! [although nothing's playing at the moment] - the Deepwater Horizon disaster has, as of the time of this post, dumped somewhere between 36,500,000 gallons and 148,000,000 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

In other words, what it took Iztoc I nearly 10 months to "accomplish," Deepwater Horizon may have done in only 35 days, if the worst worst case scenario is happening to us. Even at what's probably the lowest credible estimate of ~ 1 million gallons per day, this one will have reached Ixtoc levels in less than 5 months.

New widget [has video... maybe]

Original widget [has various flow rates]

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Carville said the administration needs "to launch a criminal investigation -- the Attorney General needs to investigate criminal negligence on the part of BP and what went on at MMS (the Minerals Management Service, the federal agency that regulates offshore drilling). There's a thousand things that he could do. He just needs to get down here and start doing something, people are dying."

Great post from Rayne at FDL on specifically what else to do.

And here's the take from the KoolAid drinkers, i.e. "leave Obama alone!" I'm stunned that Cole front-paged my comment, but I'm glad Rayne's ideas got more play. Be sure to check out Cole's post from yesterday in which he displayed a glaring lack of imagination while throwing up his hands to say that there's nothing the administration could or should do.