Mos Def, BP and Bigger Estimates For Oil Spill

That number was useful and the best estimate at the time.” ~ Jane Lubchenco, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head, said regarding the 5,000 barrels of oil a day estimate flowing into the Gulf

A government team assembled to evaluate the flow has estimated as much as 25,000 barrels per day are leaking into the Gulf. The new estimates are anywhere from 2 to 5 times the previous estimates.

It has been 37 days since BP’s oil rig explosion set off what is becoming the biggest environmental disaster in US history if you believe the estimates or what may already be the biggest if you don’t believe those estimates.

Rapper/Actor/Singer/Mr.Do It All Mos Def recently moved to New Orleans so surely he’s outraged about BP’s oil leak and all the fallout. He performed at Gulf Aid with fellow New Orleans resident rocker Lenny Kravitz. Mos Def and Kravitz, with New Orleans’ Trombone Shorty, recorded a remake of the New Orleans classic “It Ain’t My Fault” as a benefit track.

The song choice was inspired by BP, Halliburton, and Transocean’s denials of responsibility during the recent congressional hearings.

The Gulf Relief Foundation announced that last Sunday’s Gulf Aid Benefit Concert raised $300,088.65. Proceeds from the concert raised funds to stop the oil from destroying the Gulf’s wetlands and provide financial aid to affected fishermen and their families.

Other performers included on the bill were John Legend, Dr. John, and New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint, no relation. This video with some of Mos Def’s performance of remake of the New Orleans classic “It Ain’t My Fault,” and commentary on the oil leak afterward comes courtesy of, again no relation.


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