As in the images I've posted previously, here's a visualization of the extent of the BP oil gusher superimposed on San Francisco. Note that since last week, the oil has overrun Sacramento and pushed farther toward the Sierras.
This one is from Ifitwasmyhome; it uses your location as the center if it knows it. You can enter other locations in the bar at the top.
Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that we better get used to this -- the oil well may not be capped until Christmas.
My emphasis. We need to get used to this.
I also think Monica Potts is prescient about the political consequences of such a prolonged spill.
Unless people in this country can learn to respond to crisis in an imaginative, can-do spirit, like that shown by FDR in Depression and the war against the fascist powers, we are in for a dispiriting period of lurching from shock to shock and wondering what happened to our imagined immunity from pain.