This Gulf oil spill is man made and off shore oil drilling is one of the most heavily government regulated activities of commercial capitalism. The rigs are regularly inspected. Drilling is impossible without multiple permits. Each step, each piece of equipment, each procedure must be specifically approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
To blame BP for this spill and the failure to clean it up is, of course, reasonable. It is, of course, their malfeasance which caused the spill and their technological inability which has let it continue to gush.
But we don't elect the leadership of BP and it is not responsible to us.
We do, however, elect the president and he and his appointed Secretary of the Interior are very much responsible to us. And, after eighteen months in office, both President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar are responsible for their own actions in running the regulation of oil drilling in deep sea waters.
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