For the last sixteen months the GOP has been screaming that government is evil, that it is the problem, that we need less regulation in order to be more productive, more profitable, and that rules and oversight aren’t needed because the free market will take care of things. You know what? If the booms [meant to keep the oil from spreading] aren’t “effective” and the resources of BP are “not adequate” to deal with a disaster of this magnitude, then why the hell are you letting them operate offshore oil rigs off of your coastline, you jagoff? You’re the Governor, Mr. State Sovereignty Teapublican guy. Stop the drilling until this disaster is resolved, and don’t start it until you can be sure it can’t happen again.
Folks, the hand of the free market just ripped a wellhead to pieces and is completely screwing over the Gulf. It’s going to cost several billion dollars to fix. I’m sick of people saying that the magical free market will be responsible and keep anything bad from happening. Well guess what? The Upper Big Branch Mine disaster, this oil rig nightmare, and our economy back in 2008, they all got “fixed by the magical free market” where deregulation caused untold damage to our economy and hey, even killed people.
And now the Republicans are demanding that the government “fix the problem”? Screw you guys. Government is a lumbering vampiric dinosaur to you morons until you need the government to solve your problems for you. Then it’s “I demand the government does something about this!” And it’s the same Teabagger assclowns doing the loudest yelling and screaming.
Hypocritical assholes. Jindal, get your ass in gear and a mop and bucket and clean up your own mess.
This disaster has surpassed the Exxon Valdez as the worst oil spill ever, and it’s still spilling. Indeed, Joe Romm argues that “oil spill” doesn’t capture the situation properly. It’s “an undersea volcano of oil.” And part of the problem is that, not only did BP/Halliburton not install functioning safety equipment, and not only did the feds not mandate the use of equipment that’s standard in other countries with significant offshore drilling, but also apparently drilled deeper than was legally authorized.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court declared that corporations are people. BP clearly committed nothing less than negligent homicide here, and probably a good deal worse. Louisiana has a death penalty, and likes to apply it in new and different ways. Maybe it’s time to give BP the chair. It’s not that hard, really. Just tear up its corporate charter, declare all its stock to be void, and seize all corporate assets. Give blameless employees a fair severance package from the seized assets, and let the executives deal with subsequent lawsuits without the benefit of salaries or corporate immunity.
Would a corporate death penalty have a deterrent effect? Heck yeah.