Give your suggestions about whether it is right to blame BP for the gulf oil spill?
BP, along with the company that owned and operated the Deep Water Horizon, deserve much of the blame. Of course, you could also criticize government for allowing this sort of deep water drilling, not regulating it particularly well, and not responding quickly enough once the spill occurred. Like the recent financial crisis, a combination of private industry and government are to blame.
They were ultimately in charge of the rig that caused the spill. So their choices (to drill there at all, to cut safety measures and have no real disaster response plan) are the largest contributing cause to the spill and the deaths of their workers.
But if BP are the ones that spilled it - who else is to blame?
I feel the blame is to be shared. BP was the one reaping the profits from the crude being sucked out of the earth. Lax government policy and management lead to a potentially lethal situation that actually happened this time. Who knows how many like scenarios are just waiting to happen?
If we're going to spread the blame to all stakeholders, how about all of us oil-dependent consumers and our gas-guzzling vehicles?
I sincerely hope the days of chanting "Drill Baby Drill" are over.
I sure am glad someone posted where three fingers on the hand are pointing. Not only do we as a society overuse oil, we refuse to pay for the research and development of alternative technologies and upgrade the infrastructure necessary to sustain them.
At this point in time, what difference does it make to point blame? Another completely irrelevant thread to go with the many thousands HubPages already has.
The kind of drilling they are doing is not inherently dangerous, it is merely difficult. The problem was to do with corners being cut by all parties involved. BP is however a minority in blame when compared to those who were maintaining, staffing, and operating the rig.
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