As of today, Wednesday, June 9, the oil spewing from the Deepwater Horizon well could have powered 38,000 cars, 3,400 trucks and 1,800 ships for a full year, according to University of Delaware professor James J. Corbett.
Corbett, a marine policy professor, has a Web site that calculates the spilled oil's lost potential on a daily basis. He uses an estimate of 19,000 barrels a day, the most recent government guess. He says he created the site to put the spill in perspective that petroleum users can easily understand.
Meanwhile, Science Magazine estimates $1 million in oil is being spilled each day.