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I don't see it as any grand conspiracy, but rather a fortuitous combination of incompetence, bad luck, and letting things slide to capitalize on an unfortunate event. Rahm Emanuel: "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste". Like any good corporation, I'm sure that BP has isolated this section of their empire to limit liability. This thing will drag out in the courts over the next decade or so to make everyone's lawyers richer.



 
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Fab, it doesn't make sense to me either, but the timing of all of this is impeccable.

Let's hope that man's greed and lack of caring for the environment and people has not reached that abyss.
 
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I am just unable to fathom any possible conspiracy.

Perhaps Greenpeace will benefit a bit, but not from a disaster that will have lingering effects for a decade.

Insider Trading? The stocks will bounce back, but $20 Billion isn't anything to scoff about.

They must have good engineers... but the most incompetent management not seeing what was staring them in the faces.
 
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We all know there's a lot of blame to go around for the ongoing disaster in the gulf. In the weeks since the Horizon rig first came unglued, all the principals in this mess have taken turns pointing fingers at one another. Now, it's our turn. We applied Grist's scientific, who's-fault-is-it-really, assessment method. The results are now in. And the proud winners are . . .

BP, 37 percent
Topped the chain of command on the Deepwater Horizon rig. Took risks to lower costs. Cut corners on testing cement. Failed to implement safety measures like an acoustic switch. Misled about its ability to prevent spills in deep water. Overruled crew objections on day of explosion. Grossly underestimated the rate of the spill.

Minerals Management Service, 11 percent
Long history of cozy relationship with oil and gas industry, including a busy revolving door. A "culture of ethical failure," [http://www.doioig.gov/upload/S...l%209_10%20date.pdf] according to the Interior Department's inspector general, including scandals involving sex, drugs, and gifts from regulated corporations. Allowed oil and gas companies to set safety standards and procedures. Cut back number of safety inspections. Regularly granted oil companies exemptions from environmental studies. Top management overruled objections from staff biologists and engineers about safety and environmental impact. Let oil companies evaluate own performance, and even turn in reports written in pencil that MMS staffers would then trace over in pen. Failure to collect billions in royalties from oil companies -- "a jaw-dropping example of bureaucratic bungling," the inspector general says.

Read more about MMS corruption and incompetence.
http://www.grist.org/article/2...makes-fema-look-good

Barack Obama, 9 percent
Failed to make sweeping changes across the Interior Department and at the Minerals Management Service specifically, though it was clear from that start of his tenure that the agencies badly needed reform. (He's finally acting now.) Too deferential to BP on estimates of the disaster's scale, on cleanup, and on use of dispersants. Too slow in projecting a "take charge" image and getting cleanup moving. Too slow in using the disaster to call for real reform of our energy system (though he is now finally doing so).

George Bush & Dick Cheney, 9 percent
Pushed more, more, more drilling -- offshore, onshore, everywhere. Staffed MMS with industry-friendly cronies and allowed it to become a "candy store" for oil and gas companies. Failed to reform MMS even when corruption scandals erupted. Hacked away at regulatory structure across the board, clearing the way for industry to do what it pleases.

Congress, 5 percent
Weak oversight of regulatory agencies like MMS. Failure to require cutting-edge safety measures, such as acoustic switches. Ongoing support, including tax breaks and incentives, for offshore drilling. Insufficient support for alternative sources of energy. Failure to pass effective and meaningful legislation to reform energy system.

Transocean, 2 percent
In charge of operation of rig, meaning that failure of any equipment, including blowout prevents, was its responsibility. Rig crew may have missed warning signals before explosion. Has vague emergency procedures.

Halliburton, 3 percent
Possible contamination of cement used to seal well at Deepwater Horizon rig. Possible leak of natural gas through cement seal.

The Rest of Us, 22 percent
We drive. We fly. We buy gizmos and food shipped long distances. We consume petrochemicals via our clothes, furniture, gadgets, painkillers, cosmetics, magazines, meals. And we don't fight hard enough to change the system.
http://www.grist.org/article/2...er-we-break-it-down/



 
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The blame game is a good one, blame everybody else but not yourself of course.

Yes Government inspectors should have kept a closer eye on BP but where do the inspectors come from who pays their wages, where does the money come from, taxpayers. And before someone suggests the oil companies should pay, that would cause fuel to cost more and everybody would complain of Government intervention.

I have read so many posts on this board basically saying the Government should stay out of the way of business and how regulation just stifles free enterprise. And of course no one wants to pay any tax.

But when the sh** hits the fan everyone blames the Government.

Democratic Governments are a reflection of the people they govern if you want to know what your Government looks like try a mirror.

Brazil

The US is trying to get in on the Brazil deal. The Brazilians are not short of a buck or expertise and lots of players are after their oil. If the US does get a cut of the action it would be like Brazil sending aid to the US or more likely corrupt Brazilian officials taking bribes.

So US officials do what they can to get oil for the American public and everybody complains, maybe they should just stay out of it and let the pumps run dry.

Conspiracy theories are great they don't require any logic just a vivid imagination.

I like the idea that really it was an alien spacecraft that crashed into the rig and the leak is just a cover story, there really is no leak it is all made up like the moon missions.
 
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blame everybody else but not yourself of course.

I'm pretty sure that's what the 22% refers to:

The Rest of Us, 22 percent

We drive. We fly. We buy gizmos and food shipped long distances. We consume petrochemicals via our clothes, furniture, gadgets, painkillers, cosmetics, magazines, meals. And we don't fight hard enough to change the system.


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no one wants to pay any tax.
I don't like paying unfair taxes, however I don't have a problem paying sales/excise taxes on what I consume. I'd like to see income taxes abolished and replaced by sales [ad valorem] taxes , excise taxes and import [customs duties] taxes. Different items would have different tax rates bases on degree of necessity. For example basic food could be tax exempt.

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So US officials do what they can to get oil for the American public and everybody complains, maybe they should just stay out of it
Yup.



 
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