BP is clearly in the game to maximize profits, and the higher they can push prices through their trading on exchanges, the better for BP's bottom line. How many other producers worldwide are playing the same game?
Those who gravitate to management positions -- such as the people who appear before hearings to explain oil spills -- are not the brightest, but usually the middle third in university classes, the "people" persons and power strivers.
By choosing the RICO approach, the Gulf Coast attorneys hope to provide an avenue for all Americans impacted by the disaster to stand up to the oil companies and prosecute them in civil court for their unlawful conduct.
We in the theatre have known for a long, long time that the show must go on. I'd venture to say that there's only one man in Washington who knows this in his bones -- National Endowment for the Arts chair, Rocco Landesman.
Politics as usual is as reassuring as a warm, Vaseline-lined bathrobe. Its comforting that no matter the crisis, our politicians will find time to grandstand even if it cancels out the possibility of actual progress.