How much is that spill?

oil rig explosionThe BP oil spill now has released at least 1.3 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion on June 15th.  What’s that equivalent to?  Professor Cutler Cleveland, director of the BU Center for Energy and Environmental Studies and editor of Encyclopedia of Earth” suggests some possibilities in his blog, “The Energy Watch.”

Years of energy used in a single average America home:    81,286

Number of miles that could be driven by a Prius:    3,085,600,000

Number of airplane round trips between London and Louisiana that could be taken by BP CEO Tony Hayward:    263,808

Hours of motor gasoline consumption for the entire United States:    3.9

Minutes of world energy use:     8

Contact Cutler Cleveland, 617-353-3083, cutler@bu.edu

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