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Reporter's Note: Congressional leaders are harrumphing over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, promising to get to the bottom of it and hold some folks accountable. I’ll wager they have a better chance of holding their breath and getting to the bottom of the Gulf itself. Ha! Here is my latest letter to the White House.
Dear Mr. President,
You know that I am an optimistic sort. You know that I try to have faith in my government, the basic goodness of people, the integrity of business, and the idea that the guy on the corner might actually take that dollar to buy a sandwich instead of a beer. But I can tell you right now I have zero faith that all the companies involved in the Gulf oil spill will actually be held accountable before all of this is over.
It’s just not going to happen.
I was watching the Congressional hearings into the spill, and listening to all the company reps saying they want robust investigations, to live up to their responsibilities, and yadda yadda yadda; and I thought, “Yea, when pigs fly.” I know, I’m getting too cynical. But did you hear the rest of what they had to say? Despite insisting that no one should jump to any conclusions about what happened, each of the main companies involved could not resist adding, “Uh, but in the meantime…you know, those OTHER guys are probably the real culprits here.”
Editor's Note: The majority of your comments last night were related to the oil spill. Some of you provided suggestions on how to stop the flow while others felt it is clearly the fault of BP and others want to know what will happen to the oil when a hurricane goes through the Gulf. Some viewers wrote in about the Project Walk segment saying that working out does indeed help spinal injury patients even if the most it does is offer hope.
We are addicted to oil like any other addict; the spill in the gulf is just as much our fault as BPs.
This is easy and straightforward. We do NOT need them to promise to pay. They will pay. We do not wish for companies like BP who are not responsible to work on U.S. soil!
June 1st is coming soon and that means "hurricanes". If the oil isn't skimmed or stopped, what will happen to the Gulf Coast? I think people down there might want to know.
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