Offshore oil vs. offshore wind ... who wins?
How many offshore wind turbines could have been bought for the cost of 1 Deepwater Horizon? The answer is enlightening.
7. Comparing apples and lemons ...
As a comparison exercise, let's say that instead of sinking on Day 1, the Deepwater Horizon sunk halfway though its lifespan. It would have powered
13.4 million cars 9.1 million vehicles at a cost of $55 billion ... about $6,000 per vehicle (oil). Our wind turbines would have powered 3.7 million cars at $10 billion or about $2,700 per vehicle (wind). Since "windspills" have never been known to cause any impact whatsoever and oil spills are quite frequent (according to NOAA in one sample year alone there were 257 oil spills) this seems more than a fair comparison and puts wind in the lead, both from the perspective of investment and consumer spending.
Of course, this sad little number game will never make up for the incalculable losses to the fishing industry, the tourist industry, the health of wetlands, the survival of wildlife, the carcinogens that are now leaking into the water systems of Gulf residents — all things for which BP will never pay. We, the American people however, will pay those prices for a very, very long time to come.
You get my drift ... it is time to change the way we think about offshore energy resources and start switching to safe, clean wind power. 350.org has a Facebook page called 1,000,000 against Unsafe Offshore Drilling. Become a fan if you agree.