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Barrels or Gallons?

So, the governemnt can’t find the oil that was leaked into the gulf, but the press is still sounding the rallying cry for alarmist.  In fact, the press and congress have handed their villan card to the dispersants. 

Was I the only one who, while the leak was gushing, kept hearing the number or oil reaching the gulf in gallons rather than barrels?  I only say this, because oil is almost always measured in barrels in the media.  How does such an editorial choice affect perception?  Well, there are 42 gallons of oil in a barrel, so 62, 000 barrels a day would be 2,604,000 gallons.  Which is more alarmist? 

4.9 million barrels of oil gushed into Gulf

New estimates of the disaster’s scope are 10-12 times higher than what officials initially thought.

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This entry was posted on August 3, 2010 by in Uncategorized.
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