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Oil Spill: Is it our fault after all?

Thomas Friedman wrote a provocative post in his NY Times column about the oil spill.  In it, he quoted a friend who wrote:

“I’d like to join in on the blame game that has come to define our
national approach to the ongoing environmental disaster in the Gulf of
Mexico. This isn’t BP’s or Transocean’s fault. It’s not the government’s
fault. It’s my fault. I’m the one to blame and I’m sorry. It’s my fault
because I haven’t digested the world’s in-your-face hints that maybe I
ought to think about the future and change the unsustainable way I live
my life. If the geopolitical, economic, and technological shifts of the
1990s didn’t do it; if the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 didn’t do it;
if the current economic crisis didn’t do it; perhaps this oil spill will
be the catalyst for me, as a citizen, to wean myself off of my
petroleum-based lifestyle.”

Is it right for individual citizens to claim some blame for this catastrophe?  Is the public pointing too many fingers and not taking enough responsibility?


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posted June 30, 2010 at 10:51 pm

BP built it rig on the 2004 federal specifications which had been approved but not updated since 2004. BP has done so much to try and clean up this mess. We have lost lives, lost incrediable parts of the enviroment, lets stop pointing the fingers and team together for the better good. I’m so sorry that I cannot do more than pray this spill is cleaned up. If we stop blamiing and put our energie into cleaning up and looking at how can we never have a disaster like this happen again, everyone would be doing all that they can. And we would learn the lessons we need to such as looking toward the future and how to preserve resources, become enviromentally aware of what our children and grandchildren will need in the next several decades. We need to work together, as a team, and this crisis too shall pass!

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