Here is what I have found so far, a huge gas bubble came up the riser and enveloped the platform, the electrical was shut down but a emergency generator came on for some reason then "Boom".
Slippery when wet. "POD" Free Tunnel through Common Sense Engineering
So what do we do now?????
We're still dependant on oil so what's the alternative....that's the real discussion....
Are we all destined to have electric motors in our bilge with the cabins lined with batteries???? And where do we get the energy to charge/re-charge the batteries....and all the toxic chemicals and rare metals and compounds that are used to produce these batteries???
There is no easy solution in my opinion....
In the meantime I'm going boating and enjoying my blower engines!
ditto on the blowers and the sound of v8's and 10's...can't imagine buying a boat with some sort of hybrid engine with goofy looking solar cells on the deck
We could use the flux capacitor in a Delorean.... oh wait that was a movie
Here's a good article on the economy of the affected region.
Some of the highlights:
• Gulf tourism: 620,000 jobs and $9 billion in wages.
• Recreational fishing trips: 25 million in 2006, with 40% of the total U.S. marine recreational fishing catch from the Gulf.
• The Gulf's commercial seafood industry: $21 billion.
• Gulf commercial fishing: 14 percent of U.S. commercial fishery landings.
• Gulf shellfish: 56 percent of U.S. oyster landings, 35 percent of its blue claw crabs, 83 percent of U.S. shrimp landings.
• 4,000 oil and gas platforms in the Gulf, with 100,000 workers.
• 27% of U.S. crude oil production.
• Six of the nation's top 10 ports are on the Gulf Coast: South Louisiana; Houston, Beaumont, and Corpus Christi, Texas; Mobile, Alabama; and New Orleans. All together, they handled 740 million tons of cargo in 2009.
Also, as was pointed out in another article I read today, our national economy is barely moving into recovery mode. There are much wider implications for the negative effect this mess will have the nation as a whole.
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