The US uses 20,680,000 barrels of oil a day. This is more than the next 6 nations (China, Japan, Russia, India, and Germany) combined. Using one of the higher estimates of oil spilling into the Gulf by the BP well (40,000 barrels/day) this means that the Gulf is getting 0.19% of the carbon every day that we put into the atmosphere every day. Try and picture that in your mind. (I graphed it in Excel and you can’t even see the spill bar.)
Incidentally, the oil reserve being tapped by that leaking well was estimated at 100 million barrels, which sounds like a lot. We’d use it all in a little over 5 days.
Utah’s dealing with a spill now, too.