It seems like we always spend a lot of time debating the environmental impact of an oil spill. But what if that oil never spilled? What if it got used in the way oil gets used? Time to consider the envrionmental impact of THAT!
Quick democracy lesson: Whenever I see stuff like this, I always go see which congresspeople work on the committees that impact this issue. Committes like Energy and Natural Resources, Environment and Public Works, and Transportation and Infrastructure! And then I bother them/don't vote for them because those folks are making (or not making) laws that help our country stop being so dependent on oil.
Narrator: On April 20th, 2010, 205 million gallons for oil began flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. For three months we strongly debated our crippling dependency on oil. But, what if the explosion never happened? What would we have done with all that oil?
Almost half of it would have been processed into gasoline. Enough fuel for 750,000 cars to driver from N.Y. to L.A. 37 million gallons of the spilt oil would of turned into Diesel. That same amount of fuel could keep one semi tuck driving non-stop for 536 years. 16 million gallons would have been converted into jet fuel. That's enough to circle the globe over 3,000 times on a large commercial plane. 10 million gallons of this spill would have been processed into 20,000 tons of plastic. That amount of plastic could make enough milk jugs to fill up the inside of the Empire State Building. 6 million gallons would be used for synthetic rubber. Creating enough tired to replace all four wheels on every car in Buffalo, NY.
The remaining oil has thousands of uses from heating your house, to paving roads, to creating the fibers in your sweater. The full environmental consequences of this spill remain unknown. Yet, we do know how 205 million gallons of processed oil impacts our world. 15,000 tons of plastic crated would never be recycled. 180,000 of the tires created would end up in landfills and CO2 emissions created from the use of the oil would be over 1.6 million tons. Requiring a forest the size of San Francisco to Offset [SP]. The 205 million gallons of oil lost in the Gulf is the same amount the United States consumes in less than seven hours.
You can make a difference. Carry a Thermos, limit your trips to the store, or find transportation alternatives. There is no low impact solution, when there is no oil involved.