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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
WND Author Sussman Lowballs Oil Spill Size
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A May 24 WorldNetDaily article quotes Brian Sussman, author of the WND-published book "Climategate," attacking Al Gore for saying the Gulf of Mexico oil leak was "spilling out the equivalent of one Exxon Valdez oil spill every four days":

"The Gulf leak is oozing roughly 5,000 barrels of oil per day," countered Sussman. "The 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in the Alaska poured 250,000 barrels of oil into Prince William Sound. At the current rate of 5,000 barrels per day, it will take the Gulf leak 50 days to total the Exxon Valdez."

Gore may be wrong, but so is Sussman. As we detailed when S.E. Cupp made a similar claim, experts peg the spill at around 70,000 barrels a day. Further, BP -- from whom the 5,000-barrels-a-day figure first emanated -- has essentially conceded that the spill is a lot larger than that.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:56 AM EDT

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