So the big question, who cleans it up? Obviously BP should pay for 100% of it. Its their mess, they need to clean it up and pay for it. Here is what I don’t like though. I think the Obama administration has dragged its feet way too long, he is not doing anything, he’s providing no leadership. All he’s done is be frustrated that they haven’t been able to stop it. The long term damage of this to the environment, could possibly be worse than Katrina in my opinion. It is going to change the face of the gulf coast.
With a hurricane, it does damage, then we build it back. I’ve seen it happen a hundred times. But with oil, it could destroy the economy of an entire region of the country for decades. The ecosystem is destroyed, and consequently, the fishing industry, the tourism industry, the restaurant industry, etc. will basically fold up and die if something is not done. You want to talk about financial crisis? This is only the beginning.
It seems like there is no leadership taking place to organize people to clean it up. Now don’t get me wrong, BP should pay for it as I said earlier, but I have no problem with the federal government stepping in and mobilizing people and local citizens to do something about it. There are millions of people with a vested interest in cleaning this mess up. Why are we not mobilizing American citizens to go out there and volunteer? Why is the federal government just sitting around and President Obama not doing anything about it? I don’t get it.
In my opinion, someone, and I think it has to be the government in a disaster of this magnitude, needs to step in, bring some leadership, keep a record of how much it costs us and give BP a big, fat bill when its all done. I am thoroughly disappointed in this administration and its response to this disaster. It will be a black eye come election time and in my opinion it should be.