Evading Gulf oil leak blame
Our Readers Who Comment are just plain angry at the three oil industry executives who attempted at a Senate hearing yesterday to shift the blame for the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Readers have filed more than 500 comments on this and related stories. Some also blame the Obama administration for supporting offshore drilling (before putting it on hold after the Gulf blowout); several noted that the $75 million limit on oil company liability is an absurdity. Some blame greed and some see a conspiracy, as some always do.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration said that it would split in two the government agency that oversees offshore drilling, separating the section that ensures that energy companies comply with safety and environmental laws from the section that collects billions in drilling royalties each year. The combination looks an awful lot like a conflict of interest.
We'll start with kcbob, who wrote, "Passing the buck: Another thing business does better than government."
mtpeaks said, "So let's reset: The oil well blew 21 days ago. BP has tried various remedies to no avail. Meanwhile, the Obama administration and Congress have assumed the role of the angry landlord, demanding reparation for damages done.
Yet the leak spills on and on, and on. Shame on all of them for passing the buck."
But revbookburn observed that "It's almost funny how the 'tea party' psychos and similar want to twist even this story into another false means to attack President Obama. Although it must be causing even more instability and confusion for them, since their tendency is to repeat the words of "free-market" ideologues and puppetts. Even after the spill, the mine disaster, and the Republican-sponsored economic collapse, the buffoonery will continue to repeat the meaningless rhetoric of dangerous ideologues."
rosenfan1 wrote, "Why ask the rats who are responsible to educate you about oil spills and help you determine who's fault it was, that's stupid. They are responsible and have never invested in how to remedy an oil spill or more pertinent how to stop a well from gushing oil for weeks at a time and possibly ruining our most important southern body of water!... Run this like a criminal investigation, which is what it really is, it's just that the criminals have $1000 dollar suits and arrive on their own private jets."
wayoffbaseguy said, "...Americans have been getting gouged at the pump by these greedy corporations. The price of gas should never have risen to $3 a gallon as long as the price per barrel was under $100, yet "during a time of war" they were making tens of billions in windfall profits, and all Washington did was make excuses for them. A $75 million limit on liability!!! Such a deal. McDonalds had to pay more for a spilled cup of coffee."
And psst_limbaugh_keep-ranting_satan [creative screen name] wrote, "After all the controversial oil spills that have happened in the past, it is unimaginable there is only a "$75 million limit on oil companies' liability for economic damages" in these situations. That's probably less than what some of the CEOs of these companies collect in a single year, which gives me an idea on what we could use to try plugging the leak."
bloommarko4 said,"There's no reliable technofix for deep water oil drilling other than to reduce our demand for irreplaceable resources. But that's not the 'American Way'. The buck-passing by the energy companies and the federal government demonstrates that we Americans want to 'eat our cake and have it too' without any consideration for the consequences of our choices. And to think that we just celebrated the 20th anniversary of Earth Day."
walker1 asked, "Any one else think that it is interesting that for Halliburton, which is now an Arab oil firm, the majority of its blow out 'accedents' under investigation, all take place in fields that threaten the Arab oil monopoly?"
kkinva681 wrote, "the buck stops nowhere... if they can't take the heat when something goes wrong they shouldn't take the cash when something goes right..."
Anadromous2 said, "The sight of helicopters dumping sandbags in the ocean just points to the futility of this exercise. Focus on making these oil pukes pay for their mistakes and shortcuts; and write a resolution so the Roberts Court won't let the oil companies off the hook again."
mgbgt95 wrote, "it's easy; split the $100B fine 3ways, & let them hash it out in court w/o the public."
10emlet asked, "Why do we have so many 'supposed' adults in the country who are so good at assigning blame but just cannot take any responsibility? Really just pathetic - where did all the men go?"
Sebastian11 wrote, "The oil spill in the Gulf-- which has the potential to be the worst ecological disaster in the history of oil spills--relates a double tragedy. The first is the destruction of the ecology, wild life, natural beauty, sources of income. The second is the human manifestation of greed and unaccountability..."
We'll close with this creative suggestion from stevensp1, who wrote, "I have the answer to the oil spill clean up: It is simple. Drop bundles of U.S. currency into the spill in the Gulf, and then simply spread the news to all bankers, big market investors, and financiers. They have done a remarkable job of sucking up huge chunks of curreny in the past couple of years. No doubt they'd take care of a few oil soaked bucks swimming in the Gulf!"
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May 12, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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