1. Welcome to CowboysZone!  Join us!  Come on!  You know you want to!

11 Most Expensive Events in History !!

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by irvin88, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. irvin88

    irvin88 Active Member

    1,668 Messages
    0 Likes Received
    # 11. Titanic - $150 Million

    The sinking of the Titanic is possibly the most famous accident in the world. But it barely makes our list of top 10 most expensive. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage and was considered to be the most luxurious ocean liner ever built. Over 1,500 people lost their lives when the ship ran into an iceberg and sunk in frigid waters. The ship cost $7 million to build ($150 million in today ' s dollars).

    # 10. Tanker Truck vs Bridge - $358 Million

    On August 26, 2004, a car collided with a tanker truck containing 32,000 liters of fuel on the Wiehltal Bridge in Germany . The tanker crashed through the guardrail and fell 90 feet off the A4 Autobahn resulting in a huge explosion and fire which destroyed the load-bearing ability of the bridge. Temporary repairs cost $40 million and the cost to replace the bridge is estimated at $318 Million.


    # 9. MetroLink Crash - $500 Million

    On September 12, 2008, in what was one of the worst train crashes in California history, 25 people were killed when a Metrolink commuter train crashed head-on into a Union Pacific freight train in Los Angeles . It is thought that the Metrolink train may have run through a red signal while the conductor was busy text messaging.. Wrongful death lawsuits are expected to cause $500 million in losses for Metrolink.


    # 8. B-2 Bomber Crash - $1.4 Billion

    Here we have our first billion dollar accident (and we ' re only #7 on the list). This B-2 stealth bomber crashed shortly after taking off from an air base in Guam on February 23, 2008. Investigators blamed distorted data in the flight control computers caused by moisture in the system. This resulted in the aircraft making a sudden nose-up move which made the B-2 stall and crash. This was 1 of only 21 ever built and was the most expensive aviation accident in history. Both pilots were able to eject to safety.





    # 7. Exxon Valdez - $2.5 Billion

    The Exxon Valdez oil spill was not a large one in relation to the world ' s biggest oil spills, but it was a costly one due to the remote location of Prince William Sound (accessible only by helicopter and boat). On March 24, 1989, 10.8 million gallons of oil was spilled when the ship ' s master, Joseph Hazelwood, left the controls and the ship crashed into a Reef. The cleanup cost Exxon $2.5 billion.



    # 6. Piper Alpha Oil Rig - $3.4 Billion

    The world ' s worst off-shore oil disaster. At one time, it was the world ' s single largest oil producer, spewing out 317,000 barrels of oil per day. On July 6, 1988, as part of routine maintenance, technicians removed and checked safety valves which were essential in preventing dangerous build-up of liquid gas. There were 100 identical safety valves which were checked. Unfortunately, the technicians made a mistake and forgot to replace one of them. At 10 PM that same night, a technician pressed a start button for the liquid gas pumps and the world ' s most expensive oil rig accident was set in motion.

    Within 2 hours, the 300 foot platform was engulfed in flames. It eventually collapsed, killing 167 workers and resulting in $3.4 Billion in damages.



    # 5. Challenger Explosion - $5.5 Billion

    The Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed 73 seconds after takeoff due on January 28, 1986 due to a faulty O-ring. It failed to seal one of the joints, allowing pressurized gas to reach the outside. This in turn caused the external tank to dump its payload of liquid hydrogen causing a massive explosion.. The cost of replacing the Space Shuttle was $2 billion in 1986 ($4.5 billion in today ' s dollars). The cost of investigation, problem correction, and replacement of lost equipment cost $450 million from 1986-1987 ($1 Billion in today ' s dollars).



    # 4. Prestige Oil Spill - $12 Billion

    On November 13, 2002, the Prestige oil tanker was carrying 77,000 tons of heavy fuel oil when one of its twelve tanks burst during a storm off Galicia , Spain . Fearing that the ship would sink, the captain called for help from Spanish rescue workers, expecting them to take the ship into harbour. However, pressure from local authorities forced the captain to steer the ship away from the coast. The captain tried to get help from the French and Portuguese authorities, but they too ordered the ship away from their shores. The storm eventually took its toll on the ship resulting in the tanker splitting in half and releasing 20 million gallons oil into the sea.

    According to a report by the Pontevedra Economist Board, the total cleanup cost $12 billion.



    # 3. Space Shuttle Columbia - $13 Billion

    The Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space worthy shuttle in NASA ' s orbital fleet. It was destroyed during re-entry over Texas on February 1, 2003 after a hole was punctured in one of the wings during launch 16 days earlier. The original cost of the shuttle was $2 Billion in 1978. That comes out to $6.3 Billion in today ' s dollars. $500 million was spent on the investigation, making it the costliest aircraft accident investigation in history. The search and recovery of debris cost $300 million.

    In the end, the total cost of the accident (not including replacement of the shuttle) came out to $13 Billion according to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics..


    # 2. Chernobyl - $200 Billion

    On April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the costliest accident in history. The Chernobyl disaster has been called the biggest socio-economic catastrophe in peacetime history. 50% of the area of Ukraine is in some way contaminated. Over 200,000 people had to be evacuated and resettled while 1.7 million people were directly affected by the disaster. The death toll attributed to Chernobyl , including people who died from cancer years later, is estimated at 125,000. The total costs including cleanup, resettlement, and compensation to victims has been estimated to be roughly $200 Billion. The cost of a new steel shelter for the Chernobyl nuclear plant will cost $2 billion alone. The accident was officially attributed to power plant operators who violated plant procedures and were ignorant of the safety requirements needed.



    # 1. 2008 Presidential Election- $800 Billion in the first two months………..
  2. BigDinAZ

    BigDinAZ Active Member

    1,401 Messages
    1 Likes Received
    I got the chain e-mail at work last week.
  3. CowboyWay

    CowboyWay If Coach would have put me in, we'd a won State

    4,171 Messages
    31 Likes Received
    Where is the war in Iraq on that list?

    Oh wait, this was a republican propaganda piece, of course they left that off of there.

    It was an accident like everything else on there. A president thought there were WMD's. Oops, it was an accident. He was wrong.

    $600,000,000,000 (six hundred billion and counting)

    I Sure would like to have that money back right now to help pay for the economic mess at home.
  4. ShiningStar

    ShiningStar Well-Known Member

    6,290 Messages
    556 Likes Received

    Some accident, someone had WMD's , Iraqi people are free of a dictator, America got to use its military force, yes soliders are volunteer and love the life style, people felt it was the right thing to do for the people that died in that horrific tragedy, and once again America rises to its feet and reminds those that are against us who is in charge.

    But go ahead, spin away, you know, get mad at the soliders who die for your country, get mad at the people that make us strong and keep us protected, and while your at it, praise Obama when the Democrats once again take away military spending, maybe we'll be tickled pink as our enemies when our bases close.
  5. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

    32,528 Messages
    2,215 Likes Received
    No mention of 9/11 or the Indonesian earthquake?

    You know whats funny.

    The new stadium cost more than #9, #10, #11.

    I guess the new stadium isn't exactly a single event huh?

    Then again, neither is "two months" of a presidency.
  6. Juke99

    Juke99 ...Abbey someone

    22,271 Messages
    3 Likes Received
    I never post here...I come in to moderate...check things out...and make sure everyone's following the guidelines...but I couldn't not post this time.

    I couldn't give a rat's butt about the people in Iraq having their freedom when it comes at the expense of thousands of American lives....and billions of American dollars. I'd rather free the people who need help here at home with those billions. Imagine what that money could do if it was applied to cancer research and the like?

    And btw, I am not a democrat or a republican. Both parties are filled with crooks, and dishonest selfish politicians with next to no interest in helping out the people who put them in office.

    You wanna know about what politicians do? In the presidential debate of 1980, Ronald Reagan used his famous "Well there you go again" line on Jimmy Carter. Do you know the context of the discussion the first time that line was used? Affordable health care. 29 years ago these criminal politicians were discussing the same thing they are today.

    OK...well I've met my annual quota for posts in the political zone. :)

    OH..and an added note. Fighting wars in Iraq does NOT make us stronger at home. If we are weak at home, we can't be strong abroad. That war cost billions of dollars to fight. Ronald Reagan understood that when he increased his military spending KNOWING the USSR couldn't keep up...he eventually crippled their economy which lead to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    OK...now I'm done. :)
  7. ShiningStar

    ShiningStar Well-Known Member

    6,290 Messages
    556 Likes Received
    Would you be as happy if we've never shown these people we mean business? Are you not happy that our armed forces are making a difference every day they are there?
  8. Juke99

    Juke99 ...Abbey someone

    22,271 Messages
    3 Likes Received
    Couldn't care less what happens there. It has zero impact other than to cost American lives and to drain our economy which is exactly what the terrorists wanted to do in the first place. We went into a place we thought had WMD's...meanwhile North Korea sez, "Hey we got 'em and we'll use 'em" and we do nothing. Exactly how have we shown we "mean business" there?

    I was quite happy with Sadam Hussein in Iraq. We know how to deal with a threat like he was. In fact, we proved it. We took over his country in four days. It's been how many days since then fighting an enemy who is much harder to defeat?

    Go read Pat Buchanan's book...A Republic Not An Empire.
  9. ShiningStar

    ShiningStar Well-Known Member

    6,290 Messages
    556 Likes Received
    even before I get into the Pat B thing, explain to me which country if any, could take us and how?
  10. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

    32,528 Messages
    2,215 Likes Received
    Who cares about "showing who is in charge" or "showing we mean business".

    This isn't a contest to see who has the biggest *****.

    We're dealing with peoples lives. Were talking about the entire nation of people being affected by a war that was started under false premise. I don't think anyone in their right mind actually dislikes or takes for granted those who are fighting. I do think that there are a few on the board who have a few ill sentiments to those who put us there.

    Nobody will argue that the people in Iraq are probably better off now than they were before the war. They are in a better spot but how many American families are worse off because of all of it.
  11. Juke99

    Juke99 ...Abbey someone

    22,271 Messages
    3 Likes Received
  12. ShiningStar

    ShiningStar Well-Known Member

    6,290 Messages
    556 Likes Received
  13. Juke99

    Juke99 ...Abbey someone

    22,271 Messages
    3 Likes Received

    Thank you.

    Every now and then I need a response like this to remind me of why I only moderate this forum rather that participate in it.

    'night. :)
  14. Rogah

    Rogah Well-Known Member

    3,716 Messages
    78 Likes Received
    It would be a very interesting list if it was something that could be taken seriously. Instead, it looks like something someone wrote off the top of their head without doing any real research. And apparently that "someone" was living in a cave on September 11, 2001, to not include that days events on the list.
  15. CowboyWay

    CowboyWay If Coach would have put me in, we'd a won State

    4,171 Messages
    31 Likes Received
    Thanks Juke. helluva job.
  16. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

    5,971 Messages
    0 Likes Received
    That's great and all, except for the fact that $800 billion hasn't been spent.
  17. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

    6,031 Messages
    1 Likes Received
    Me too...I tried to post it with the pics but,no dice.
  18. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

    6,031 Messages
    1 Likes Received
    You forgot that we are rebuilding a country there...not destroying ours here
  19. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

    6,031 Messages
    1 Likes Received
    Go tell that to Wall Street.
  20. CowboyWay

    CowboyWay If Coach would have put me in, we'd a won State

    4,171 Messages
    31 Likes Received
    Yeah. Rebuilding a country that 5 minutes after we leave is going to topple itself and rebuild it again by some other dictator.

    We could install the greatest govt the world has ever known over there, but the simple fact that WE created it, no matter how good, is going to get toppled because those people out there don't want anything to do with us.

    How people fail to see this, boggles my mind.

Share This Page