Monday, September 15, 2008

That Oil Slick Was Totally Like That When We Got Here

Micronesia is going to hell in a handbasket, what with their submerged oil tankers leaking their oil all over the place. Three oil tankers in Micronesia's Chuuk lagoon hold an estimated 32 million liters of oil. Sorry, I don't have the figure for gallons, since the estimates were done by Australians from Earthwatch, the international environmental charity. I don't know when they'll come to their senses and finally get with the American system of measurement, like all right-thinking folk.

This leaking oil is a problem for more than just the obvious reasons. After all, the oceans are busy absorbing all that carbon from the air. And it's not even like it's cooking oil. I mean, some cooking oil in the ocean wouldn't be a big problem because what with global warming we could get some calamari action going.

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