Eric de Place at Sightline Institute’s Daily Score Blog dropped this bombshell after new estimates pegged the BP oil spill at 5 million barrels: The U.S. has a BP-sized leak of greenhouse gas every three hours.
Here’s how he put it:
“In fact, our carbon pollution is so huge that it’s like taking that 5 million barrels of oil, burning every drop of it, and then doing the same thing again every 2 hours and 41 minutes. We do it without stopping. We do it almost 9 times a day; 62 times a week; more than 3,000 times a year.
Fortunately, BP finally put a cap on the ongoing catastrophe in the Gulf. But the U.S. Senate, by contrast, has declined to put a cap on the bigger catastrophe.”
The U.S. Senate has tried and failed to pull together a cap-and-trade legislation on carbon emissions, and last month Senate Democrats’ announced that they would back away from a narrower climate bill that proposed limiting emissions from power plants.
A detailed story in the New York Times describes the fallout from that announcement.