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Obama accepts ownership of BP oil spill

Obama didn’t take control of the effort to cap and clean up BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill at today’s news conference. He took ownership.

Despite what you might have heard, the president insisted, he’s always been in charge: “This notion that the federal government has been sitting on the sidelines and for the last three or four or five weeks, we’ve just been letting BP make a whole bunch of the decisions, it’s simply not true.”

While certain members of his administration have tried to rhetorically separate themselves from BP, saying that the government might push BP out of the way, whatever that would mean, Obama refused to indulge in BP bashing. He consistently used the word “we” when describing the government and BP’s joint effort. He explained that the government is, by law, in command. But, by law and by necessity, it must rely on BP to provide technological expertise and to stanch the flow of oil. It must have been hard to both accept blame and admit his limitations.

The government has a greater capability to protect sensitive coastline than it does to cap the well, however. So from here on out, this is the president’s show. And he admits it. “My job is to get this fixed.... I take responsibility. It is my job to make sure that everything is done.”

By Stephen Stromberg  | May 27, 2010; 2:35 PM ET
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A president is always responsible for the federal response to major crises -- especially ones with interstate implications.

However, saying that the federal government "owns the spill" strikes me as sloppy reasoning.

The liability for the spill is on the original actor whose negligence resulted in the spill itself (BP and its affiliates) -- that responsibility cannot be delegated.

Posted by: JPRS | May 27, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Finally a Washington Post commentary that makes sense.

Posted by: ThurleMoss | May 27, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

You right wingers, government haters are ready to blame the Government, while it was the deeds of private enterprise, where is the free market defenders now, where are they hiding ?

Posted by: tqmek1 | May 27, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Were on earth does the Post dredge these people up from? He's "owned it" since the beginning. But, think about this; how many experts on this kind of disaster to do think the Feds have? The answer is, none. So it makes no sense to fire BP when this happens, does it? We can only be gratefull that you are not in charge.

Posted by: michael5 | May 27, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Feds have no/no expertise in handling deep water drilling - that remains in the private sector. So it's shocking some are trying to pin the blame on the President. Next thing you know, someone will try to blame the President for natural disasters...volcano eruptions, earthquakes, hurricanes, you know that sort of thing. That would be doubly shocking.

Posted by: wjc1va | May 27, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Sorry. British Petroleum owns the spill. The President has taken responsibility for the ongoing response by federal officials in pushing BP to properly clean and compensate for the damage done.

When it's clear the federal government is in possession of neither the expertise nor equipment to deal with the mess private industry has made, we see the foolishness of gutting regulations. And when government is called the enemy of business and is pushed to look the other way, it's no surprise the agency that should have done the regulating is in the hip pocket of the oil industry.

But the decisions that ended with 11 dead and a massive ecological mess were seemingly made to maximize profit. And BP officials apparently have a habit of cutting corners and losing lives to keep that bottom line looking good.

Posted by: kcbob | May 27, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

That's so funny. Now President Smiles is--what? A geologist? A petroleum engineer? A fluid mechanicist (my field)? Someone who would even know the difference? Someone who believes that the smartest people in the world report to him if he isn't actually the smartest person in the world? Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Get a press gang to yank some of his Ivy League friends away from their money machines on Wall Street. They'll know what to do, because they ARE the smartest people in the world. Just ask them. It's too bad that engineering problems can't be done by bureaucratic climbers, political hacks, lobbyists, and law school grade grubbers. Otherwise. the US would be the formidable economic engine it once was.

Posted by: rbmyersusa | May 27, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

OK so what now?

Posted by: chriskullar | May 27, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

rbmyersusa wrote:

Get a press gang to yank some of [the President's] Ivy League friends away from their money machines on Wall Street. They'll know what to do, because they ARE the smartest people in the world.
______________________________________________
Yeah, right. Bring in the geniuses who ran the wheels off the economy to deal with an environmental catastrophe. That makes a lot of sense.

Posted by: jlhare1 | May 27, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

BP and Obama are going to own this spill whether or they want to admit it.

Posted by: postfan1 | May 27, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

That's politics. If it happens while you are in office, you own it. Obama understands this. He has said on a number of occasions that people will have to judge his presidency and he has to live with that.

I'm absolutely sure that Sarah Palin has a plan to stop the leak and clean up the mess. She should immediately contact Katie Couric for another interview.

Posted by: wjssparky | May 27, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse


Barry the incompetent boob Obama sat on his hands during the first crucial weeks after the worst oil spill in history. This headless chicken in the White House then proceeded to blame everyone except himself.

Barry the inept bungler also went 338 days until today without having a news conference -- possibly a presidential record. Barry is about to head off on his second vacation since the oil spill.

Miserable failure Obama

Posted by: screwjob15 | May 27, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

It will take a while, but this will be addressed in a way that brings the entire oil industry to account for usurping the government's regulatory agencies, and we will see a slow and probably painful resolution to the clean up that will force us all to greater awareness of our use of oil and other natural resources.

To keep the production of our vital fuels hidden so deep and far from our daily use has allowed the corporate behemoths like BP and Halliburton to extend their tendrils of influence freely and invisibly into secret meetings and lobbys where the public's interests aren't worth much more than a snicker and a sneer.

While critics by the boatload will attempt to take Obama down over this, and a voracious 24/7 media can't find enough angles to exploit, his persistent efforts to do right by his promise to serve to highest good of the people will prevail. Maybe not in the immediate polling data, or the next election cycle, but in the overall context of honest governance.

Who has a better solution to this unspeakable mess - the head of the Coast Guard has lived with the oceans for decades, and he's promoting BP as best equipped to respond to their own mess, and he's signing off on their efforts.

It's a very complex problem that will be with us for a long time, and while it takes about 30 seconds to carp about it, the solution has been in play since day one - and will probably have to continue until the last lawsuit is settled.

And lest we forget - it's only one of the balls the administration's juggling.
Maybe all the criticism is about balling up the works so the white house can't get anything else done.

That kind of strategy isn't beyond the GOP either - certainly not in an election year...

Posted by: thanksforfish | May 27, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The single most important thing for the GOP to do is avoid taking responsibility of any kind or nature whatsoever, do the very best they could to blame anybody but the ones responsible, and then pull off the ultimate insult by pushing Jeb Bush into running for President.

Of course it's because the Bush Family has been trying to turn the United States into a monarchy ever since they first visted Saudi Arabia, and the hatred inside of their Republican followers and Tea Bag Wackos against Democrats is intense.

Of course it would have to be if you're planning a government take over.

Posted by: lindalovejones | May 27, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry if it wasn't clear that my reference to the capabilities of the financial engineers of Wall Street was intended as a joke. They have, however shown that, however inept they may be at risk management, they know how to take care of themselves. I'm sure that if we set the whole bunch adrift in the oil slick in the gulf, along with the management team from BP that fired all its engineers and scientists, they'd figure something out. We could give them a direct line to the Oval Office so that the President could claim victory once they've figured it out.

Posted by: rbmyersusa | May 27, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

A satirical report on the BP oil spill-- the companies responsible want to charge U.S. Gov't for it! http://bit.ly/bbOza8

Posted by: guzelvis | May 27, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I suppose it will all come down to our backpockets.

Posted by: janecolby | May 27, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm also sorry if my satirical comment about "next thing you know people will be wanting to blame hurricanes on the President," went over Democrats heads. Wasn't that what they did for 4 years?

Posted by: wjc1va | May 27, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

tqmek1 wrote: "You right wingers, government haters are ready to blame the Government, while it was the deeds of private enterprise, where is the free market defenders now, where are they hiding ?"

The operation of this rig was suppose to have been monitored by Government regulators. As demonstrated time and time again, the Government performed poorly or not at all, thus are responsible. As with most government agencies, they are staffed with the most incompentent collection of political hacks.

Posted by: captain3292 | May 27, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

No, BP owns it. I just hope the Obama administration insists BP sets up a clean-up fund now before they suck all the money out of their coffers then leave the tab to, guess who, us. No executive bonuses. No dividends to shareholders until years from now when the mess is paid for and cleaned up.

Posted by: MNUSA | May 27, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

"OK so what now? Posted by: chriskullar"

Mebbee, BHO decided to take ownership now because he has a good inkling that the well is capped and the rest of the mess will turn out to be manageable.

It's a calculated risk. The R's are going to give him full ownership, and then he is going to smile and accept the plaudits that come with bringing a raging disaster under control.

If he's right in that judgment, watch a whole pas(t)el of Republican talking heads stutter and mumble trying to take ownership back.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 27, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

The BP oil spill, the world asks what should government do? but I ask: What CAN government do?: http://wp.me/pPdcm-4o

Posted by: orphedivounguy | May 27, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

If you want to know how the Republicans feel about the spill and its 'ownership' this is all you need to read (from the WaPo): "A new measure in the Senate that would have eliminated the cap, offered after the administration's comments, failed Tuesday as Republicans blocked Democrats from bringing it up under unanimous consent. A measure to raise the cap to $10 billion had been blocked twice previously. Republicans continue to protest that raising or eliminating the cap would bar smaller companies from entering the market." So, if BP, who caused the spill, doesn't pay for the cleanup who will? The hated Government? Isn't it time we rounded up these Republican hypocrites and dunked them in a barrel of oil and threw in some feathers for decoration?

Posted by: gposner | May 27, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

THE LAST TIME I LOOKED BP OWNED THIS OIL SPILL . . . . . . AND LET'S GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE . . . TO THE REPUBLICANS.

It is the Republican Party that is the poster child for loose regulations, for pooh-poohing environmentalists as “doom-and-gloomers,” as “chicken-littles,” as “butterfly-chasers.” . . . . The shouts of “Drill baby drill,” did not come from Democratic throats.

What did the Republicans do?

1) Defeated new drilling regulations that might have prevented the Drill-Baby-Drill Oil Spill,
2) Fought supporting development of the electric car,
3) Fought research and development of sustainable alternative energy resources,
4) Created a culture where agencies were just the bungling arms of an unworthy government who should only get out of the way and stop being a problem,
5) Created a culture were agencies got into bed with the Corporations they regulated,
6) In 2005 Republicans passed regulations which left environmental concerns to the judgment of the Oil Corporations,
7) In November 2008, a dozen Republican drill baby drill cohorts ( two of them previous appointees with stanch Republican track records against environmental science and safety regulations ) were made civil servants in high positions in the MMS, in order to delay for a long time Obama being able to have proper influence over that agency,
8) Bush appointees headed MMS until Elizabeth Birnbaum, who was appointed by Obama, took office in July 2009. Even after that, the dozen Republicans, who had at the last minute been entrenched high up in the MMS, remained there because of civil service laws ( See: . . #7 ).
9) In April 2009, three months before Elizabeth Birnbaum’s appointment, while still operating under Bush appointees and the dozen entrenched civil servants, BP’s Deepwater Horizon’s permit was signed, wavers and all.
10) Just last week Republicans prevented any raise on the $75 million economic loss cap, thus showing Americans how much Republicans valued Corporations over the individual American citizen.

Now, were Democrat fingerprints on the cookie jar – of course they were. But they were not the architects that framed, and painted, and pushed the events to the point where it ended in the Drill-Baby-Drill Oil Spill.


Republicans are now howling for Obama’s blood for not yet correcting . . . THEIR MISTAKES.

Posted by: Here2day | May 27, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

"The operation of this rig was suppose to have been monitored by Government regulators. As demonstrated time and time again, the Government performed poorly or not at all, thus are responsible. As with most government agencies, they are staffed with the most incompentent collection of political hacks. Posted by: captain3292"

Megas dittoes and all that.

When this particular project was approved, in 2007, MMS was loaded with hacks, most of whom were literally in bed with somebody or other from big oil, or on drugs, or otherwise compromised. Its what you get when you let Republicans who don't believe good government is possible run the government.

SOLUTION, DON"T EVER LET THE REPUBLICANS RUN THE GOVERNMENT.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 27, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

"I'm also sorry if my satirical comment about "next thing you know people will be wanting to blame hurricanes on the President," went over Democrats heads. Wasn't that what they did for 4 years? Posted by: wjc1va"

Being one of those blame Shrub First Democrats, I point out that we never blamed him for the hurricane, just for doing absolutely nothing to alleviate the disaster once it had passed.

Particularly, by the way, for not doing what he and he alone had the authority to do, Federalize the Wisconsin and New Mexico National Guard units standing by in their armories in readiness for the President's orders. Kind of amazing how those far inland weekend warriors could predict what George couldn't recognize after it happened.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 27, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

It was the Republican culture of being in bed with Corporations, and Republicans' entrenched cohorts in the MMS that approved the BP's Deepwater Horizon.

Obama's mistaken was not taking a flamethrower to the roaches.

Posted by: Here2day | May 27, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

There's really nothing that any politician in Washington can do to stop an oil spill once it starts. The only reason that Obama has taken heat on this is that he's not as skilled at demagoguery as some of his political opponents are.

The one thing that this episode does is to call into question whether or not we can safely drill that deeply for oil. I hope it doesn't derail the drilling off Virginia. The proposed drilling off Virginia is in much, much shallower water, and any problems could easily be addressed with existing technology instead of having to do something that neither BP nor any other oil company has done before.

Posted by: stillaliberal | May 27, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey, author, that is a really dumb thing to say...he "owns" it. Not original (I think someone else already said that, right?), inaccurate, and it is moronic. BP spilled it thus "owns" it. Ownership and some measure of "legal" responsibility are two different things, the hyperbole notwithstanding.

Where does WaPo come up with these writers?

Posted by: michael4 | May 27, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I won't accept Obama's ownership! Even if he puts himself out there as a whipping boy to protect... who, or, what?

When you get someone protecting their natural enemies, and he could do some devastating damage with the weight of this tragedy, you have to start to worry...

What aren't we being told?

By the way, his live press conference prooved beyond any shadow of doubt that this man doesn't need a teleprompter and he's obviously deeply effected. Face it, he's as sharp as a tack and makes the previous incompetant leader look even more stupid.

How's that Halliburton-Cheney thing going? I haven't heard from that loudmouth either... Palin's dribble hasn't stopped me noticing a lack of comment from some very guilty parties... MIA as usual when TSTF!

Posted by: icurhuman2 | May 27, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

tqmek1 wrote: "You right wingers, government haters are ready to blame the Government, while it was the deeds of private enterprise, where is the free market defenders now, where are they hiding ?"

The operation of this rig was suppose to have been monitored by Government regulators. As demonstrated time and time again, the Government performed poorly or not at all, thus are responsible. As with most government agencies, they are staffed with the most incompentent collection of political hacks.

Posted by: captain3292
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Interesting confession captain makes. Because private enterprise is so full of incompetent and greedy morons that have to be rigorously regulated and forced to do the right things, it isn't "their" fault. The fault lies with those who failed to rigorously regulate and enforce, i.e. the government, and more specifically Obama, I'd render a guess.

Well, actually, while it is probably NOT universally true, captain's argument does sound a lot like Wall Street, the health insurance industry, the military-industrial complex, et al. To that list we can now add, without reservation for "new technologies" (of which there are none regarding cleanup), the oil industry. Thanks, captain, for stating the case so clearly.

Posted by: michael4 | May 27, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

There's really nothing that any politician in Washington can do to stop an oil spill once it starts. The only reason that Obama has taken heat on this is that he's not as skilled at demagoguery as some of his political opponents are.

The one thing that this episode does is to call into question whether or not we can safely drill that deeply for oil. I hope it doesn't derail the drilling off Virginia. The proposed drilling off Virginia is in much, much shallower water, and any problems could easily be addressed with existing technology instead of having to do something that neither BP nor any other oil company has done before.

Posted by: stillaliberal
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In 1969, on a leak in 200 feet near the Yucatan, despite all the same attempts as are being tried now, and failing, it took 9 months for relief wells to be drilled. There IS NOT "new technology" for leaks at any depth.

Posted by: michael4 | May 27, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

just one more mess from the the GOP (greedy oil party) that obama has to clean up, along with the wars in iraq and afghanistan, the crappy economy, and the 13 trillion dollar debt. obama and the dems are not responsible for causing any of these catastrophes, but fortunately, they are responsible for fixing them.

Posted by: kurthunt | May 27, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

blaming obama for the oil spill makes as much sense as 'keep your government hands off my medicare'. what the hell could he do that he hasn't done? those idiots desperate to blame him for everything this side of the ebola virus won't need a rational basis. the rest of us are a bit more picky.

i'd come closer to believing that the relaxation of environmental standards which can be (and someday will be) traced to the super secret summit cheney held with the oil producers right after they installed their puppet in the white house is a better place to start assigning blame.

if there is a solution to this problem, ironically it is in the hands of the people who are truly responsible, the oil barons.

Posted by: jimfilyaw | May 27, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

"Government takeover" - where have I heard those words before and from whom? Why is Pres. Obama and the federal government now responsible for an oil spill by a private company? You can't have it both ways so the leadership in the states that are suffering from the spill should shut up and take whatever help they can get for their citizens and stop posturing.

Posted by: rlj1 | May 27, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

tqmek1 wrote: "You right wingers, government haters are ready to blame the Government, while it was the deeds of private enterprise, where is the free market defenders now, where are they hiding ?"

The operation of this rig was suppose to have been monitored by Government regulators. As demonstrated time and time again, the Government performed poorly or not at all, thus are responsible. As with most government agencies, they are staffed with the most incompentent collection of political hacks.

Posted by: captain3292
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The GOP likes nothing better than setting up regulatory bodies for failure. Bush made plenty of progress in that direction for his eight year under the expert tutelage of Mr. Oil Slick himself - Dick Cheney.

Obama is mostly guilty of a horrible reading of the character of Ms. Birnbaum. Until the crapola hit the fan, he really had no reason to be looking that closely at MMS. In my book, that woman is just as guilty as BP. The same principle whacked Bush regarding FEMA and the Katrina mess and, on a smaller scale, it happened to Reagan with NASA and the Challenger disaster.

Posted by: st50taw | May 28, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

to all,

BHO has shown every thinking person, once more, that he is nothing but a SELF-impressed, INCOMPETENT, "not particuliarly bright", LOUD-mouth, WEAKLING & a FOOL.

20JAN13 cannot come soon enough to suit me.

as i've said on PP before, BHO makes Jimmy Carter look like a GENIUS & Richard Nixon look HONEST.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | May 28, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Classic Obama yesterday...did everyone enjoy the 45 minute LIE FEST?

Only a Leftist who knows that his every pronouncement no matter how obvious a lie would be spun by his lackeys in the MSM as a gift from GOD would actually put on the display that his dismal man put on yesterday.

But what did anyone actually expect from the man with no qualifications and no reason to ever be considered for the post of President to begin with.

After reading his teleprompter to sound like he was Joe Hercules, Jake Tapper asks when Obama Gov. Jindal urgent request from three weeks ago for the sand burns and Obama response....blather about committees and studies and they will let him know after they finish discussions in focus groups. Then the coup de grace, Mr "On top of It" community organizer is asked about the departure of the head of MMS and his answer: "Duh, Duh....don't know anything".

I supposed it is hard to keep up from the numerous rounds of golf Obama has played, the multiple DEMOCRATIC fundraising trips to party with his RICH friends and planning his two vacations a month.

Can we please end this embarrassment NOW?

Posted by: LogicalSC | May 28, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Now that the President in a much belated formal press conference has declared he has "always been in charge" of the nation's response to its worst environmental disaster in history, we can all surely rest assured that things will finally get done. Afterall, the good people of Louisiana will greet him with open arms when he flys in on Air Force One today to spend a 3 hour photo-op on their beloved and threatened homeland and way of life. Too bad he doesn't stay a little longer and actually do something. Where's his leadership? Where's the Presidential Executive Orders on behalf of the Gulf Coast clean-up efforts? Just more of the same with this President: reaction and no action - respond rather than initiate - but at all costs, seize the political benefits of another crisis. 'Yes we Can' indeed!

Posted by: mpwynn | May 28, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Obama like the rest of us thought that in the beginning, that BP had this operation in hand. As was stated here, the government is not oil drilling experts. To say that it is the fault of the government because they did not catch the mistakes is like saying that the police are responsible for a robbery because they didn't catch the people in the act. Leadership is standing up when a crisis occurs and reassuring the public. Bush was commended by Democrats for his actions during 9/11, but criticize for his actions during Katrina. Republicans and Obama haters will not give him any slack at all. The nastiness is amazing.

Posted by: MikePetrucci | May 28, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

It took him 39 or 40 days to accept "ownership" of this disaster after trying every way possible to blame Bush, Reagan, Cheney, Sarah Palin, etc.

What a guy!

Remember in November and again in 2012!

Posted by: priley8104 | May 28, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

priley8104; all,

fwiw, we VOTERS will NOT forget. = NOV 2010 will be a BLOODBATH for the DIMocRATS - even my "yellow dog democrat" friends are MAD/DISGUSTED & will just say NO to BHO & the DIMocRATS.

we voters will finish the job of "tossing out the bums" in 2012, including BHO.

what's FUNNY about what will happen to the DIMocRATS is that they did it to themselves by NOT listening to us when 70% of us just said "NO" to "healthcare reform" & dozens of other STUPID things that the DIMocRATS dreamed up to waste our tax money.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | May 29, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

The president as the head of the left wing should take ownership of this mess. It is a direct result of the left wing forcing the oil companies to drill 5000 feet down when there is plenty in shallow water where an accident like this could have been corrected quickly. The reason we have 50% of our powerplants powered by coal is the same, a result of left wing whackjobs.

The left never thinks through the consequences of their demands nor take responsability for them. This is what happens when you believe what you feel is fact when it is indeed fiction.

Posted by: Pilot1 | May 30, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Funny how Republicans are all about blaming Democrats for this when they're the ones who are big on drilling ANYWHERE and they haven't done much of a job to spearhead cleanup efforts - they just sit back on their haunches and criticize.

"The president as the head of the left wing should take ownership of this mess. It is a direct result of the left wing forcing the oil companies to drill 5000 feet down when there is plenty in shallow water where an accident like this could have been corrected quickly. The reason we have 50% of our powerplants powered by coal is the same, a result of left wing whackjobs.

The left never thinks through the consequences of their demands nor take responsability for them. This is what happens when you believe what you feel is fact when it is indeed fiction."

Except it's not his mess. It's BP's and Transoceans'. Not drilling, period, would avoid this mess altogether - we have a giant freaking star an AU away which supplies us with plenty of energy, we're developing wind energy opportunities, and the alternative energy industry will even provide jobs - and it's far less hazardous than drilling; it's unlikely to kill people because there's no rigs to blow up and no hazardous oceanic operations needed.

There is no such thing as clean oil or coal; oil drilling should be minimized, too, for the sake of merely providing oil only to those industries in which alternative energy will never be an option and providing the byproducts for what industries find them necessary.

I'm an undergraduate biology student and find the level of ignorance in the public discourse on this staggering.

Posted by: neurobadger | May 31, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

"The operation of this rig was suppose to have been monitored by Government regulators. As demonstrated time and time again, the Government performed poorly or not at all, thus are responsible. As with most government agencies, they are staffed with the most incompentent collection of political hacks."

This rig should have been taken care of by BP and Transocean, too. It's not just the government.

Posted by: neurobadger | May 31, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Hey, texasnative - come back to the discussion when you've got some facts.

They're good for you.

Not demagoguery, which you've apparently been binging on.

Posted by: neurobadger | May 31, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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