We don't need petroleum to make plastics. Any oil will do. Hemp oil makes a far superior plastic. We don't need petroleum to run our vehicles, heat our houses. It is all about power or the illusion of power. That power could be broken if there was any sort of will on the part of the consumer - but there isn't.
The problem is that from what I've read of any plant derived oils, they require more energy to farm and harvest than they put forward for fuel, etc, so, you still need petroleum to fuel the farm equipment to get your hemp oil to market in order to create your plastic. So, sure, you can create a computer with a plastic made from some other oil, but it's not free of petroleum consumption.
Why imagine a pipe 5 feet wide? The riser pipe on this well was 9.625 inches in diameter.
The only incompetence shown here has been by British Petroleum, just another proof that facts mean nothing to a few of you.
In case you need facts, BP is not the company that owned the rig or did the actual drilling.
Then why was the Federal Gov the ones who were supposed to have fire booms within close range as part of the 'protection from spills from any drilling rig, not just the ones owned by BP?
Florida Oil Spill Crisis Update It has been more than 20 days since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began leaking an estimated 200,000 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico. This spill continues, unabated - threatening to soil marine wildlife, coastal communities, and sensitive habitat from Louisiana's Birdfoot Delta to the Florida Keys.Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
Three weeks into this spill, we are facing the very real potential for this spill to continue for two months or more until relief wells are completed. All the while, millions of gallons of oil will continue to spill into our coastal waters, leaving our shorelines, fisheries and tourist destinations at great environmental and economic risk.
Oil has not yet reached our shores, but we have already heard reports of the economic impact on Florida. Hotel reservations are being cancelled. Charter fishing trips that were booked months in advance have been postponed indefinitely. And the local economies that depend on annual summer tourism are anxious they will lose business this season and next season, and go out of business.
... and when it is all over and done with everyone will carry on as if nothing happened and it'll happen all over again, except some people's livelihood will be in shambles, we'll have screwed up the natural order of things in various ecologies, etc. Ain't oil profits peachy?