Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has a reputation as a staunch advocate for all Floridians and a moderate voice in the increasingly partisan world of national politics. Now, he's a leading responder to the Gulf spill.
While thinking about this man-made catastrophe, I wasn't sure who was to blame. BP seems like the easiest and most culpable target, but it's important to realize no one wins "the blame game" -- we need to solve the problem first.
We should allow our top national law officer, the Attorney General of the United States, to step in and clean house whenever an agency or element of government is no longer credibly independent of the industry it is intended to regulate.
This isn't the fault of BP or Transocean. It's not the fault of the government or bi-partisan politics. It is not the fault of oil executives and big corporations. It is my fault. It is your fault.
It is our fault.
As a former oil rig roughneck, country star Trace Adkins is unhappy with BP's "company man" mentality and the media's portrayal of his former profession, and insists the president, despite his rhetoric, is powerless.