Unless you live under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico due to an oil rig disaster. Millions of barrels of oil are spewing into the gulf because of a pump that apparently cannot be sealed. For the last month and a half, BP has tried numerous methods to contain this leak, all of which have been unsuccessful. The leak is taking its toll on local wildlife. Local fishermen are unable to do their jobs and make a living. Oil is washing up on shores throughout the Gulf Coast.
What is everyone’s solution to this problem?
Seriously? It is going to cost BP billions of dollars to clean this up. BP’s executives have already stepped up and claimed responsibility for this disaster as well as its clean-up. They all know what a daunting task they have ahead of them. However, they do not have an endless supply of money. Their stock is plummeting. People are boycotting. When BP runs out of money, who is going to pay for the clean-up?
If BP can’t fix this on their own, the government is going to have to take over. Then it’s our tax dollars at work as the government’s finest pick up wherever BP leaves off. Do you really want that? I don’t think we want to foot the bill for this. I know Gulf Coast residents don’t.
So what has the government done so far? Has it even tried to help. Not that I’ve seen. President Obama has a team of analysts telling him “whose ass to kick.” Well, Mr. President, while “dem’s fightin’ woids,” that doesn’t solve the problem, does it? The president had the families of those who died on that rig as guests at the White House. While there, he asked them if their family members mentioned safety concerns on the rig. Really? The president has also called the president and CEO of BP to the White House for explanations. If it were me, my response would be, “With all due respect, Mr. President, I’m busy.”
Now is not the time to point fingers and place blame. There will be plenty of time for that when the oil is cleaned up. For now, efforts should be focused on getting it cleaned up, not who to hang for it. I promise that their necks will still be there. In the meantime, we should let them focus on their jobs.
As for me, I am going to find a BP station to get gas. Hess is owned by BP, right? Hell, I might even buy some BP stock. Because I’d rather do that than have my tax dollars going toward cleaning up their mess. Someone call Kevin Costner!