Contrary to what most say/believe, the "only" thing we can really be upset about is that BP didn't have a plan in case there was a leak (obviously the rest of the country and even the government didn't/doesn't have a plan either...). Other than that, a lot of people expect way too much. A company wants to drill into the bottom of the ocean to extract oil, and no one figured there would be a spill of some sort at some point? The people allowed it to happen, the government didn't require a plan of action should there be a leak (before
they started drilling!?), and the company itself didn't have a plan? But now that a spill has happened, it's "boycott BP" or fine them into bankruptcy? Yeah...right... I understand being irritated with them, I know I am irritated by the stupidity of drilling there and not having a plan in case there was a leak, but to boycott them or have the government fine them into bankruptcy is pretty overboard. I have no love for Big Oil as most people are aware, I just fail to see why so many are calling for such an extreme punishment. BP is already footing the bill for anyone and everyone affected by the spill (individuals and businesses both) and they are taking one of the biggest PR hits they can possibly take. Yet that's not enough punishment for something that was completely predictable... ? They need to be put out of business? That's laughable because it's so dumb and it's sad that some people might actually believe BP deserves that harsh of a punishment, but whatever.
I actually blame the government about the same amount I do BP. The government should have required a plan in case of a leak from BP prior to allowing the drilling, and even with a plan in hand, the government should have had its own plan should BP's plan fail. The government loves to rob from the rich and give it to the lazy (welfare, food stamps, etc) because they feel it is their job to take care of their citizens. Heck they push that point so much that they are forcing people into bankruptcy and forcing people to take government handouts just to live (Obamacare - Yes, I'm using that word, I don't care at the moment). So where was the government on this one? Where is/was their plan to protect its citizens? Sure doesn't look like they lifted a single finger to protect anyone from anything to me. But it's all 100% BP's fault and BP should be put out of business? Obama will certainly make a statement about himself and leave no question about the type of person he is if he levels the $100 Billion fine.
I do find it quite interesting how much people waffle around here. The typical response to someone (even a company or corporation) screwing up is if they make it right then all should be forgiven. Typically punishments (governmental/legal) are considered too severe by the Cafe. But nah, it's BP, they should be forced to go out of business.
The consistancy and fairness around here is second to none.
Oh, and I found this graphic comparing oil spills a few days ago. If it is accurate, this is by far and away not the worst oil spill in history. Not trying to downplay it or anything, just a visual reference is all.http://www.gavinpotenza.com/worst-oil-spills/
Yes doctor, I am sick.
Sick of those who are spineless.
Sick of those who feel self-entitled.
Sick of those who are hypocrites.
Yes doctor, an army is forming.
Yes doctor, there will be a war.
Yes doctor, there will be blood.....