The British Petroleum Gulf of Mexico oil spill is a disaster. There's no denying that. Beginning on April 22nd, the spill has raged on for the past 8 weeks resulting in a total of 86.6 million gallons of oil spilled to date. The handling of this situation has been completely horrendous by BP, becoming subject of scorn from the media. The public has taken it upon themselves to accuse BP as well with parodies like the video seen below.
...but does BP really deserve all of the blame? In my opinion, this oil spill should be taken as a massive wake up call to the public. The world, now more than ever, must free itself of its dependence on oil. Gas prices in the U.S. have been mostly spared by the oil spill, but if this were one of the America's top dogs (i.e. Exxon, Chevron, etc) things would be much more dire.
It's easy to point the finger at somebody to relinquish any guilt from ourselves. But BP is not the one to blame. Obama's administration should not be blamed either.
We are the ones who are responsible for this thanks to our addiction to this toxic black goo.
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