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Daily Climate Damage Should Feel More Like a Disaster

One-off events like Deepwater Horizon leave a lasting impression, but the normal burning of fossil fuels has an even worse impact. 

Emissions rise from a Marathon Petroleum Corp. oil refinery in Texas City, Texas, on Aug. 30, 2017. 

Emissions rise from a Marathon Petroleum Corp. oil refinery in Texas City, Texas, on Aug. 30, 2017. 

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

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The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico a dozen years ago was a human and environmental tragedy. It killed 11 people, dumped millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf, and cost BP Plc more than $65 billion in cleanup costs and damage payments.