For investors worried about the impact of the spill on Exxon's share price, the truth is that there are macro market trends that could impact the price even more than the oil spill. Exxon is trading at an annual high, largely because the Dow has posted an 11 percent gain already in 2013.
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident prompted the X PRIZE Foundation and Wendy Schmidt to invite not just the oil recovery industry, but anyone with imagination and drive to take on a daunting challenge.
It's time for the industry to get on the right side of reform and improvements, not taking our usual negative positions, wielding our army of lobbyists, having to be dragged by the hair to do the right thing.
This spill will impact the Gulf region, and the nation, for decades to come. There's no question that BP is to blame. It's time we brought corporate liability law in line with the scope of this catastrophe.
Volunteer organizations and individuals were largely responsible helping inject this disaster into the national media. I am hopeful we will see even more examples of this new media from the impacted residents.