The media is abuzz with questions of who is to blame for the gulf oil spill. Was it greed and recklness by bp? Incompetence and corruption by the us government? The american people's addiction to oil?
First, we have to separate the explosion and oil leak itself from the efforts to block the oil from reaching the coastline, and the general efforts to clean up the oil. This thread is discussing the oil spill itself; the explosion of the oil rig which cost 11 lives and began the crisis.
There are many nuances to the debate over who is to blame. But as is often the case in america, the arguments can be boiled down to two distinct viewpoints.
First, the leftist view is that bp is ultimately responsible for drilling a full mile below the ocean surface. The leftist view is of course colored by the "green" agenda, which sees any drilling or mining as a sinful act to be abolished. bp is to blame for the crisis, as is clear from cnn's coverage, along with the federal government's failure to oversee and regulate drilling operations.
The second view is that the leftists and green activists are actually to blame. There are oil fields much closer to shore, and in much shallower water. The risks of drilling in these locations are well-known and prepared for. The leftist/green activists have blocked any and all near shore drilling operations, so bp and other corporations are forced to undertake much riskier operations. The ongoing crisis is the result of leftists blocking more safe and reasonable drilling sites.
The two positions have irreconcilable starting points. For greens and leftists, the oil economy of the united states and the world must be dismantled. For the realists, the american and world demand for oil is a simple fact of life and barring a neo-luddite shift of world economies there is no alternative.