The decision by the Obama administration to reopen federal drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico to BP opens an interesting window into a fundamental question: What does it mean to hold a corporation accountable and responsible?
For BP to claim that it's environmentally-friendly because it paid $23 billion in a government settlement is like a mass murderer accepting a plea bargain for 50 years in prison rather than life without parole, and then claiming this shows he supports federal housing.
I am one of millions who have been adversely affected by this disaster, in a variety of ways, and as such, I urge you not to accept the criminal plea deal as proposed and endorsed by the Department of Justice and BP.
Notice the increase in BP commercials on television lately? While several of the points in the commercials regarding the effectiveness of BP's response are true, allow for me to provide some balance to their story. Not everyone has enjoyed the successful resolution the company portrays.
The only way to ensure we won't forever condemn future generations to cleaning up our messes is to stop making them in the first place. That means ensuring drilling companies are responsible for fixing their mistakes.
Until regulators are given the authority and resources they need to ensure the safety of deepwater drilling and oil companies invest their profits into technology that will stop an oil spill, it isn't prudent to move forward on deepwater drilling.