Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Oilcano Estimation Creep

posted by The Vidiot @ 7:23 AM Permalink

Have you all noticed how, when the well first blew, the estimates were low and ever since, they've been incrementally increasing? Like today's story:
Government scientists Tuesday increased the estimate of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico to between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels per day, up to 50 percent more than previously estimated. That translates into 1.5 million gallons to 2.5 million gallons per day.

The government's previous estimate, issued last week, was 20,000 to 40,000 barrels per day.
Why might this be so? I don't really think it's because they don't know. That might play only a small part. The REAL reason, IMHO, is that most of the public's anger, at this point, has dissipated due to utter exhaustion. Throwing higher numbers at us certainly irks us, but the time for outright anger and rage has already passed.

We're a bunch of freaking frogs and they're slowly turning up the heat.

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