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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    There have already been two posts expressing my opinion, BP is responsible. They overrode safety concerns (modifying the BOP) and the suggestions from Halliburton as to the mud. Unless that is found to be inaccurate, it leaves BP holding the bag.

    They post billions in profit and balk at spending $500k for an acoustic BOP. Norway and Brazil demand that rigs be outfitted with them. Hopefully our congress will grow a spine and demand it now as well. I'd like to hear oil companies whine about the cost.

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    If congress should do anything it should be to require all new off shore oil rigs to have multiple already dug relief wells ready incase something happens with the origional well head. Either that or make sure the damn equipment works. Or just find another solution that works.

    Man the oil companies do have it too easy... they don't have to pay taxes and they aren't expected to ensure the effectiveness of their equipment... all for the sake of cheap oil.
    I agree, excellent suggestion and as as I understand it, other countries demand that oil companies simultaneously drill a relief well alongside the original well. I heard this on the radio, so it wasn't sourced. I can only find this, quickly anyway.

    In the western Arctic, oil companies are pressing federal regulators to ease demands for relief wells that might help avert disasters like the one unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Oil firms operating in the Beaufort Sea must be able to drill relief wells, and if necessary, safely shut them down with original wells during a single Arctic drilling season.
    Require Relief Wells From the Start

    If we are going to allow drilling in extremely deep water, this makes sense.
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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    It is like in hockey. You are always responsible for any damage by your stick.
    It was BP's stick that did the damage.

    If you go into the woods to light fireworks and the woods catch on fire then....

    But enough with the fingerpointing for now. It really looks like a relief well is the only answer and all these other unproven attempts are just taking up valuable time.

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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    Quote Originally Posted by Regicollis View Post
    It is BP's oil rig that is causing the problems and it is their responsibility to clean up their own mess.
    It is the Federal Governments policy of claiming the offshore land land, then leasing the land for royalties on the oil sales which allowed this to happen in the first place, if this land had been allowed to be homesteaded and BP forced to assume total liability then they would actually have had incentive to self regulate instead the Federal Government actually did away with these incentives by placing a $75 million cap on BP liability. But of course this is what the corporatists in BP and the Government want and your solution is to get more statist monopoly interventionism in the market instead of less when it is less corporatism which is needed.
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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    Quote Originally Posted by Crosscheck View Post
    It is like in hockey. You are always responsible for any damage by your stick.
    It was BP's stick that did the damage.

    If you go into the woods to light fireworks and the woods catch on fire then....
    And what happens when the owner of the land gives the kid the lighter and says have fun?

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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    There's got be a way to build a system that does not allow every oil well to pollute the whole damn gulf. If it's very expense so be it.

    I don't hold BP responsible. I hold our government responsible for doing too little to protect us from our greedy selves.

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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Ferris View Post
    And what happens when the owner of the land gives the kid the lighter and says have fun?
    Land owner might be an enabler; but people start fires to light fireworks, not lighters.

    If BP is at fault for the leak due to negligence on their part, placing blame won't be difficult. But, I understand that **** happens and if BP is drilling in a unstable/difficult locations, theres probably a reason for it.

    The main point I want to make is that we expect so much action from the Office of the President and our government as a whole. Perhaps the president should have spent more than 3 hours (Obama Vows to Help Stop Oil Spill's "Assault" - CBS News) on the beach, maybe comforted the local population and a bit earlier wouldn't have hurt either. But other than that, what else is there to do? The President of the USA has a lot of power and influence, but to fix a oil leak on the ocean floor calls for an expertise which BP maintains. As long as BP is taking responsibility and activey attempting to fix the problem, government intervention at this moment is unnecessary. For now, the focus is (as it should be) on fixing the leak - there will be plenty of time to point fingers later and pass legistlation later.

    Obama finally has the sense to stay out of an issue which he has no expertise. Too bad he failed to provide the most basic of form of charity, comfort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    There should be Congressional Hearings, broadcast nationally, and those who have opposed should be grilled as to why we cannot drill where it makes most sense.
    I don't think that kind of theatricality is a effective use of tax dollars. We all know the government is the source of many significant problems in our lives. :P

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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    BP, plain and simple.

    Though this is just another example of why we should stop using oil in the first place.

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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    The reason why I asked this question was because I keep hearing that the oil spill is Obama's "Katrina," and I don't think so at all. Instead of going after Obama, who's the easy target, I want to go after all the Congressmen and Senators who have been taking campaign donations from BP in order to ensure deregulation of the industry. Why hasn't an investigation to track down such campaign financing from the oil industry been started by the media to find out which of our legislators voted to reduce oil industry regulations? That's what I'd like done right now.

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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    BP, plain and simple.

    Though this is just another example of why we should stop using oil in the first place.
    Have you stopped using oil? If not, why not?


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    Re: Who is the most to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    Have you stopped using oil? If not, why not?


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    If she hasn't, it may be because transportation industries haven't developed alternative energy sources. However, that doesn't mean people wouldn't once they have been researched and manufactured.

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