- BP (and subcontractors) were guilty of "firing the gun," but poor government regulation gave them an excuse to do so.
- How? Three out of every four lobbyists who represent oil and gas companies previously worked in the federal government. The incompetent and corrupt Minerals Management Service has now been disbanded, but they failed to do their job, to protect us.* (James Surowiecki talks about competent regulators.)
- Can BP claim that it's not their fault, in the same way that the CEO of Massey blames the government for coal miners' deaths? No, they still pulled the trigger.
- And that's what people misunderstood about my original point: The spill would not have happened if the government had made/enforced better regulations, but it still did. The shot would not have been fired if the gun was not sold to the felon, but it was. Both government and polluter are responsible, but the government made the polluter's action possible.
* If you want to get even more depressed, read about our rogue government's security-industrial machine. We are not wasting money to be less secure and spied on by a Red, White and Blue KGB.
Hattip to JWT.