|By Steve Balogh in Climate Change, Energy, Pollution | May 2, 2010|
Oil is spilling at a rate of 5,000 barrels a day into the Gulf of Mexico. The oil slick covers an area of nearly 4,000 sq. miles and growing. It is shaping up to be one of the worst man-made disasters to ever strike the planet. To put the leak in perspective, 5,000 barrels a day is 0.00026% of the U.S.’s daily oil consumption. We “spill” the remaining 99.99974% of that oil into the atmosphere each day.