If the US's insatiable thirst for oil (not disputed) is such an important factor in the spill then why aren't all the other oil companies having the same problem?
Simply, because BP were unlucky.
No it's much more than that, see the recent Rolling Stone issue on specifics. BP has a long history (in the US) of problems, ie actual violations. They should have been the last company on earth to have such drilling approved. The article includes what many should already be aware of. Obama was aware of the corruption and problems of the MMS and appointed a pro-oil numbnuts to clean the place up, which of course he didn't.
Obama parallels Bush in so many ways:
1. Lets oil companies run amock, calling their own shots if and when they feel like it.
2. Bush came into office knowing national security was a problem. 9 months later we have 9/11. What was done the first 8 months? Perhaps Jack Shit? 8 years later Obama gets the office knowing MMS is a mess, how is it corrected? It's not, and now we have an on going oil spill.
3. Bush yelled, "You're doing a helluva job Brownie." Obama says the same thing about his useless stooge. What's the difference?
"We the People...." my ass.
Apparently homeland security has now taken control of the BP website....
BFD, it wouldn't be a national security problem if only people were affected. It's national security because corporations are being affected. Maybe we can store all that oil gathered up in the FEMA trailers that can't be inhabited by people because they're full of fumes?
And where's Cheney during all this? He was the big pro oil guy, giving billions away for more drilling to the most profitable corporations on earth.
Not one peep out of the chicken hawk's mouth.
What did BP learn from this?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prudhoe_Bay_oil_spill
Thanks to GWB they got a $20 million slap on the wrist, compared to the original amount.
In September 1999, one of BPâ€™s US subsidiaries, BP Exploration Alaska (BPXA), agreed to resolve charges related to the illegal dumping of hazardous wastes on the Alaska North Slope, for $22 million.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BP
one of the ten worst corporations in both 2001 and 2005 based on its environmental and human rights records.
http://www.multinationalmonitor.org/mm2 ... hiber.html