According to Moody's analytics report, BP's (NYSE:BP) oil leak damage is not only effecting oceans and wildlife, it's also causing the loss of 17,000 jobs in the Gulf Coast. Also being lost is almost $1.2 billion in the regions economic growth by the end of the year. Even if the best case scenario plays out with the Macondo well being permanently fixed next month.
The other scenario is the Presidents six month moratorium gets pushed through, extended, and the leaking well continues spewing its toxic crude oil through the end of the year. Then the financial losses will be almost $7.5 billion and well over 100,000 jobs lost.
The hardest hit areas will be Florida, which relies on high tourism and Louisiana whose whole livelihood lies in fishing, oil extraction, and aquaculture. The other states, Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama will also feel the impact but on a much smaller scale.
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