So how much oil is it?

Well, a standard barrel of oil is about 42 US gallons. And a gallon is about 4 litres. I say this because I, for one, don't convert between these units often enough to always understand the reports I hear. The…

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Are we poisoning ourselves, or what?

I am amazed by the range of estimates. The Exxon Valdez was 10.8 million gallons. So based on the Wereley average[1. Thanks to Hugh Stimson for this: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/01/us/20100501-oil-spill-tracker.html], we're looking at about one of those every three or four days.…

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