The oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico has been doing so for 6 weeks now and it doesn't appear that an end is in sight. I recall about two weeks into this matter when talking heads like Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck made comments to the effect that the leak wasn't that big a deal and that environmentalists were making a big fuss over nothing. Assholes.
This leak will be seen as the greatest hazard to our environment in our recorded history. It is a man-made problem and proof that we are poor stewards of our planet. British Petroleum has shown a nearly unparalleled arrogance, similar only to the arrogance we witnessed by former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick as he was carted off to jail for probation violation — which just happened yesterday, BTW.
It is strange to hear so many blow hard politicians get into the fray now that this has gone on for as long as it has — especially the GOP governors who are trying to spin this as a problem brought on by the Obama administration. Nice. Strange watching Louisiana's governor Bobby Jindal spouting that we need greater federal involvement and more resources, as though the federal government has any expertise in these matters. And wait, are those GOPers asking for bigger government? What? How convenient.
This is a very serious matter that will affect us for many years to come, just as the Exxon oil spill off the coast of Alaska has for a number of years — this disaster is projected to be many times worse. I suggest that President Obama take penalty monies NOW from BP and place it in escrow — perhaps $10 billion today and then $2 billion each week going forward — because when it is all said and done, this morally bankrupt company will be financially bankrupt and unable to pay its punishment.