Fire and smoke rise from a controlled burn of oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

62 days have passed since the initial explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the crude oil and natural gas continue to gush from the seafloor. Re-revised estimates now place the flow rate at up to 60,000 barrels a day - a figure just shy of a worst-case estimate of 100,000 barrels a day made by BP in an internal document recently released by a congressional panel. Louisiana's state treasurer has estimated environmental and economic damages from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could range from $40 billion to $100 billion. The Big Picture is on the scene. Oil in the Gulf, Two Months Later - The Big Picture
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  • Yeah, I still don't understand the logic of the "set it on fire" approach to containing the spill.

    I imagine the the reasoning went something like this... Ahem...
    " So, a giant oil spill in the ocean is bad. Right? So how do we get it out of the water? Oh I know lets put it in the air!"
    Next they'll start setting all the oil soaked animals on fire. Not only will they not be covered in oil any more but they will also now be dinner!
  • Um......this is progress?
  • uhhh....that can't be good.
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