The politicalization of the Gulf oil spill

Let's be honest: politicians just love the millions of barrels of oil
blasting from a BP deep-water drill site in the Gulf of Mexico.

The
month-long scramble to cap the gusher is for them a don't-miss
opportunity to slap around big business and government. And to feed the
"do something" syndrome that grips America today.

At the moment of this writing, three--three--Congressional hearings were
underway as politicians pledged their darndest to get to the bottom of
it all, even if it takes...

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A substance is seen smeared on the sign of a BP gas station along Houston Street in New York
Gulf Coast Struggles With Oil Spill And Its Economic Costs

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  • It's sad that we are forced to expect these offshore wells to never expect a problem of this magnatude and to have a plan to counter this.Ah, but there was. Back in 1994 they had a contingency plan and oh yea we never bought the equipment to imlpement the plan.When we have so much oil on shore but aren't allowed to drill for it we are forced to look a mile under the gulf.The environmentalists finally got what they wanted.They got the whores in DC the push the drilling further from shore and now we have a first rate disaster now.

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