Originally Posted by Westernskies
the social costs need to be weighed along with the environmental risks.
It is probably impossible to answer, even within orders of magnitude, but I am very curious how oil drilling (on average, including this disaster) compares with other energy sources on overall environmental impact.
A properly done oil well seems fairly benign. Dig a hole, pump it out, close it up when finished. I keep reading about entire mountains being removed for coal, the erosion, the habitat destruction, the sulfur from burning the coal... I wonder how it plays out on average?
BP is up over 8% today, so something must be going right.