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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Will Bill Maher Report for Cleanup Duty?

Bill Maher is well known for the following quote (seen via Dispatches from the Culture Wars and earlier discussed here):

Every asshole who ever chanted 'Drill baby drill' should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty.
Meanwhile back in reality:

The disastrous BP oil spill is now believed to be the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Even worse than Exxon Valdez. Exxon Valdez stirs up strong memories. Who can forget the images of birds covered in black oil slick? Imagine an Exxon Valdez happening every year for 50 years. Pretty unimaginable.

Yet, this is what residents of Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta have been living with for the last 50 years.

Experts estimate that some 13 million barrels of oil have been spilt in the Niger Delta since oil exploration began in 1958. This is the equivalent of one Exxon Valdez every year for 50 years.

The less we drill here, the more they drill there.

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