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Sit down. Get ready. Your life has begun to change. It will never be the same again. This gulf disaster is changing everything. Call your legislators. Tell them that they are now on notice. There are the constituents and there are planet killing corporations, ready to wipe out life on the planet for a profit. Those legislators have to choose whose side they are on. No more bullshit. No more lobbyists getting favors. This is not life or death.

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Here's the latest report I just received from my contact inside BP:
Ok, here's the deal.
Size of reservoir - estimated by BP and its partner, Andarko to be between 2.5B and 10B bbl. (that's 100,000,000,000 gallons and 400,000,000,000 gallons.
Yes - all of those numbers are BILLIONS.
BP has admitted in at least 3 interviews that the well casing is compromised (broken). So, when they tried the Top Kill - and then the Junk Shot - the stuff shot out the sides and didn't go much down the hole. A REAL top kill should just take a few hours - or it's not going to ever work.
The casing was undoubtedly broken apart by the natural gas 'explosion' at the bottom of the well, which was the result of methane coming out of solution (ie. the methane hydrates melting and expanding dramatically). Much like when your washer's water line has air in it and you shut off the valve and the line 'hammers', the well 'hammered' when the BOP shut (the guess is 80%), and the dramatic upshot in pressure, as well as the acoustic shockwave, broke the casing.
The Question of the Day is: Did the explosion rupture the casing for its entire length?
If that is so, then a relief well will be unable to plug the hole. TEN relief wells would be unable to plug the hole.
The consensus seems to be, among oil people I've spoken with, that this is exactly the case.
If that's so, then the well will run until Obama nukes it. That is the only thing that could close it.
If they can't plug it via the relief wells, and if they don't nuke it (it can't be conventional explosives, for a few reasons), then about 1/2 of the oil and gas will run out. That would be 50 BILLION to 200 BILLION gallons of oil, over a 10 year period. Although, like the interest you pay on a house note, the biggest part would be up-front.

Another report I discovered yesterday, can't remember where, is that there is so much methane coming out of the gulf gusher that it equals what New York City produces in a day. That methane is 25 to 100 times more deleterious than CO2 as a greenhouse gas aggravating global warming.

We need to start thinking about a black gulf that is dead, that oil and other toxins are leaking to other oceans. What will our world, our nation, the human race, life on this planet look like if all the seas die?

We need to start thinking really hard about re-localization, transition towns-- the kinds of things Bill McKibben, Lester R. Brown and Rob Hopkins have been writing about. Plant a vegetable garden in your back yard, in a local garden, on your balcony. Connect with a local food coop or CSA (community supported agriculture.) The world is going to change.

We need to take a Apollo, moon landing technology approach to what is happening in the gulf. We need big ideas and solutions because there are other deep water wells out there waiting to become catastrophes. Joe Trippi said it well, responding to Obama's speech Tuesday night:

The president could have told the American people that it is clear that we had the technology to drill a hole in the ocean floor 1 mile beneath the surface.

Then, he should have leveled with us and said that it is just as unclear, right now, how we can put the technology in place to shut it down quickly after the tragic explosion.

Just as we were able to bring Apollo 13 back to earth safely, we will shut this well down, the president could have assured us.


We need to take a WWII approach to low tech temporary interventions, like building 10,000 skimmers that can be rigged to existing boats. We need to figure out ways to use trawlers to drag booms that absorb oil through those massive curtains of oil, so they can be cleaned up deep in the ocean.

Obama still does not get the immensity of the problem. He needs to imagine 1.25 to 5 BILLION barrels-- 50 billion to 210 billion gallons of oil-- spewing into the gulf rounding the keys, despoiling the Caribbean, riding the Gulf Current up the eastern seaboard, jumping over to Europe....

Forget about Iraq and Afghanistan and the hundreds of other military bases we have. We need to apply all our military resources to the massive disaster we have at home.

Tell the bastards in the military industrial medical complex that there's a new way they're going to have to make money-- healing the gulf, healing the gulf workers, preventing our oil plague from killing the planet.

My source tells me that BP has underground resources of 500 billion barrels of oil-- at $70 a barrel that's $35 Trillion dollars. Other oil companies have similar holdings. We need to start talking about tapping them for a trillion dollar budget, not a piddling $20 billion escrow account. Don't get me wrong. That account was a first step.

But we need Boeing and Raytheon and General Motors and Ford and our biggest most advanced companies focused on what is happening in the gulf. We need to get ideas and suggestions cranked up even more. Humanity has incredible wisdom and creativity. We need to tap it and work it, like never before, fast and furious.

We need-- Obama needs-- to face the reality that fishing and shrimping in the Gulf and probably Florida are over for years to come. Eating ocean fish may soon be over.

Obama needs to call a meeting of world leaders to face this INTERNATIONAL crisis.

Obama needs to, and I've said it before, fire the advisers who let him get this far doing so little, addressing this in so many wrong ways. This IS like a war, but secrecy is not called for, necessary or appropriate. We are all in this together. The enemy is the oil and maybe the corporations, and for them transparency is their enemy.

Obama needs to rise a lot higher and find his higher self and become a true visionary leader. That probably means cutting the tethers held by the political hacks who he has surrounded himself with. We need a great president NOW, not some compromising, making deals with corporations manager. I believe Obama has it in him, but he must throw off the slugs and maggots and reptiles and leeches who are bringing him down. He needs to think of his wife and children and the rest of us, not corporations.

We may need to totally revamp the military. We need people likeLt. Gen. Russel L. Honore of the Army who was appointed to oversee the Katrina recovery.

The hotter water caused by the black and red coloration will lead to more violent weather and hurricane activity. The release of billions of gallons of methane will speed global warming and exacerbate climate change.

I told a friend about this last night. He said, "so, the house my sister and her husband just bought for $1.2 million on the west coast of Florida might drop in value?"

Ouch. You betcha.

There is talk of the US government taking over BP. Since it's an international company, that may not be possible, but certainly, BP's assets in the US are takable. Surely BP has broken any agreement to operate responsibly.

And then there's that matter of criminality-- 11 dead, millions damaged. Why didn't our hapless incompetent in the justice department AG Eric Holder arrest the BP execs after they left the meeting with Obama. Maybe that would be premature, but it should be in the works.

And let's not forget all those British pensioners who are not going to be getting their dividend checks for the rest of the year. Maybe ALL investors will learn not to invest in criminal, anti life, anti-earth, ant-human corporations anymore.

It is likely that a number of the previously endangered species in the gulf will die off.

The sequellae of this disaster are just beginning to become visible on the horizon. The Christian Right has been praying for the end times. Who knew that the beast would be BP and the American addiction to oil?

 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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We face a new world that changes everything.... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 9:57:16 AM
not the change people wanted but it is a exclamati... by Michael Morris on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:13:59 PM
I've always been skeptical about plans to stop glo... by Kyle Griffith on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:52:22 PM
Getting ride of the global corporate/financial/mil... by Alan MacDonald on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 8:58:49 PM
Class MentalitiesPriestly Class: "God will provide... by Kyle Griffith on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 9:20:32 PM
..is what I think.Or at least, change channels.I'm... by Ned Lud on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 7:22:54 AM
I believe that people are foolish if they accept a... by Kyle Griffith on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 12:52:32 PM
Why isHalliburtongetting off easy on this, didn't ... by Debbie S on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 1:37:05 PM
They were just following orders! I wish I could ty... by Donald on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 2:59:28 PM
but thier necks still snaped a the end of a rope.... by Michael Morris on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 5:37:06 PM
PROBLEM REACTION SOLUTION"Today, America would... by peggyn on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 2:20:23 PM
You had me until you used Barry Soetero!... by Ruth Thompson on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 5:42:15 PM
i'll recover... by peggyn on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 1:39:40 PM
Give our brave men and women in the Military some ... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 5:47:06 PM
You were not alive during the time of Kent State..... by Roger on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 8:51:13 PM
I'm not prepared to fall into the "all soldiers ar... by Charlie L on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:21:10 PM
I remember Kent State, Viet Nam, and the CIA runn... by Beverly Prather on Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010 at 8:56:26 PM
Sorry Laura, but your post is to put it bluntly, C... by Eddy Schmid on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 5:02:17 AM
Katrina... The Military had the only vehicles wit... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 5:45:20 PM
Laura is right and so are the others. Soldiers kil... by Ned Lud on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 7:31:17 AM
to problems that are unfolding in a non-linear wor... by Kyle Griffith on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 1:07:39 PM
You may recall that Ralph Nader recently wrote a b... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 10:14:27 AM
I knew that this spill was going to be bad, real... by Bob Gormley on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 10:43:08 AM
And appropriately so this time (ironically)"Housto... by mrk * on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 10:57:25 AM
Corporations are not persons, perfect logic, b... by Beverly Prather on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 3:01:53 PM
Not much for endtimes prophecies, but, after readi... by Robert Arend on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:18:52 AM
been on a self destructive course. His toys of wa... by Michael Morris on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:36:06 PM
When I channeled the large body of messages that I... by Kyle Griffith on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 1:21:46 PM
Other reasons to be concerned, see the BP site and... by Guesswhotoo6 on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:37:54 AM
Other reasons to be concerned, see the BP site and... by Guesswhotoo6 on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:38:20 AM
Good one, Rob. We got you hangin'5X5 on today's La... by Bruce Biles on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:40:29 AM
I can see that an explosion might close this up, b... by Ralph Dratman on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 12:27:31 PM
that works. It will capture the oil taht is leakin... by Michael Morris on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:50:13 AM
Mr. Kall...Alternatives. Our choices are ours yes?... by mikel paul on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:01:10 PM
Obama made himself very clear in his June 15th spe... by Beverly Prather on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 3:18:24 PM
This is a real war at home and the enemy is from w... by aberamsay on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:02:10 PM
On the chance that it is not already too late, per... by Paul Kruger on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:02:17 PM
...even bigger and deeper! Same BP, same lack of s... by Bia Winter on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:32:08 PM
A little far out there aren't you?? I certainly ho... by Joyce Cali on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:09:30 PM
Try to imagine what Niagra Falls would be if it we... by Marika on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:38:03 PM
Actually, 9-11 was hyperbole and this disaster is ... by Ned Lud on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 7:15:28 AM
...since you bring up the subject. 9/11 wasabout s... by aberamsay on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 11:31:50 AM
At least we know that George can read. My pet go... by Beverly Prather on Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010 at 9:28:06 PM
Worse than the Civil War If this is true then th... by Marika on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:12:01 PM
This is no surprise to many in our nation..What tr... by Patricia C Wildt on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:15:23 PM
Planet-Cult Now We humans orga... by Theresa Paulfranz on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:15:46 PM
I agree with everything you just said about the se... by Kyle Griffith on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:20:39 PM
Nuking risks many more fissures and fractures and ... by Aurora on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:24:17 PM
The talk of nukes, "mother of all bombs", the mi... by Beverly Prather on Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010 at 9:15:00 PM
ROB YOU ARE SO RIGHT, I FEEL HELPLESS ALL THE LIES... by MARGARET BASET on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:34:20 PM
You mention taxing BP and other producers for the ... by Scott Baker on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:48:57 PM
Would act like a goddamn leader and point this out... by Jeff Poster on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 6:34:30 PM
☼ Since Obama built his Cred on Posturing & ... by iamjmb on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:55:56 PM
How will the release of all of this including the ... by Michael Morris on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:58:03 PM
A friend with inside sources told me BP may have h... by Peter Duveen on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 1:04:34 PM
If the casing is damaged, as seems to be the case,... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 10:04:56 PM
Four relevant "factoids" come to mind. One, the we... by Paul from Potomac on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 1:20:04 PM
Suppose the flow rate is 100,000 barrels a day, th... by David Chester on Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 4:45:14 PM
David,If you assume that the outflow is 70% oil by... by Paul from Potomac on Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 7:11:22 PM
I thought they would place a cap over the broken c... by Beverly Prather on Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010 at 10:19:37 PM
a solutions that would capture the oil. I am sure... by Michael Morris on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 5:17:18 AM
I am as angry as well but have been able to mainta... by Donald on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 1:21:31 PM
If we get saved at all, we're going to have to sav... by Kyle Griffith on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 1:36:53 PM
http://altimatrix.com/archives/829 The pressures ... by daveys on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 1:34:34 PM
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was allow the oil to escape more rapidly. Combine ... by Michael Shaw on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 2:15:44 PM
Oddly, the $20 billion figure that Obama and BP re... by Paul from Potomac on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 2:24:51 PM
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When I first saw the oil gushing up on TV I had a ... by Michele Spector on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 4:14:03 PM
Even if the well were plugged tomorrow, the Gulf i... by Janet Loughrey on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 4:14:21 PM
Tony Hayward's off handed comment about being "out... by Dave Kisor on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 5:16:30 PM
They have to get rid of 3 BILLION People. OK, we c... by Charlie L on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 5:52:47 PM
and there are lots of details about the spiritual ... by Kyle Griffith on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 7:37:25 PM
In the spirit of the folks that have/are waking up... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 7:56:58 PM
Rob, you put OEN at the lead on this big story -- ... by Alan MacDonald on Thursday, Jun 17, 2010 at 8:52:29 PM
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/53243"We sh... by Aurora on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 1:19:31 AM
Scott - Thank you for standing with me and demand... by Scott Baker on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 4:15:03 AM
God Bless you and your family for having the coura... by Michael Morris on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 5:26:24 AM
Hi Rob Great article. Power to the people. I do no... by Chris Landau on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 6:35:04 AM
I'm with you Chris.Stupid man seeks a final soluti... by Ned Lud on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 7:39:45 AM
Nalco linked to Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, among... by MARGARET BASET on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 6:38:33 AM
Rob and all: as far as I could research, the maxim... by Stefan Thiesen on Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 7:26:03 AM
It is a good article but as I read it I was sadden... by Evelyn Pringle on Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 8:22:15 AM
Methane is 22-25 times worse than CO2. I've been r... by Plenum on Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 2:54:23 PM