Government officials said the blown-out well 40 miles offshore is spewing five times as much oil into the water as originally estimated - about 5,000 barrels, or 200,000 gallons, a day.So where is Sarah Palin now? Where are the people who so vocally supported the cutesy "Drill, baby, drill" or "Drill here, drill now" memes that were so popular with the Right not so long ago? Have they become mute?
At that rate, the spill could eclipse the worst oil spill in U.S. history - the 11 million gallons that leaked from the grounded tanker Exxon Valdez in Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989 - in the three months it could take to drill a relief well and plug the gushing well 5,000 feet underwater on the sea floor.
Ultimately, the spill could grow much larger than the Valdez because Gulf of Mexico wells tap deposits that hold many times more oil than a single tanker.
Where did Gingrich go?
More importantly for Floridians, where did this guy go?
Over at the American Solutions' Drill Now website...not much going on these days while their main page is trying desperately to put a positive spin on this catastrophe.
Other experts were quick to put the spill into context. Dr. Dagmar Etkin of Environmental Research Consulting said oil seeps naturally from the Gulf floor "at a rate of 1,500 to 4,000 barrels per day", or as much as two to three times larger than what is currently leaking from the exploded rig. Etkin also mentioned that the constant appearance of oil has produced a large amount of natural bacteria that breaks down oil and reduces contamination.So it's kinda like no big deal, right? Unbelievable.
Watch for Marco, Newt, and Sarah to put the best spin on this tragedy as oil encrusted pelicans start showing up on the shores of Louisiana in the coming days.
Or maybe they'll just continue to ignore it.