Yes, BP is an awful, no-good, very bad mega-corporation that took too many shortcuts on the way to unleashing this apocalyptic nightmare – one with seemingly no good answers. And yes, Tony Hayward is a tone-deaf clown, that much is certain. But it’s not really their fault, it’s yours. It’s mine. It’s not Obama’s Katrina (or even Dick Cheney’s, though that’s closer to the truth), it’s ours. We demand – almost by birthright – that gas be as close to free at the pump as absolutely possible. The costs, from environmental damage, subsidies, wars, etc., have never been accounted for, particularly in the United States. Witness the national tantrum we threw when gas hit four dollars a gallon a few years back. We want it free, and without consequence.
So it’s your fault. We eat corn-fed beef like it’s what we were born to do – corn grown on mega-farms soaked in petroleum-intensive fertilizers.
It’s my fault. I drive 70 miles round trip to work every day. I’m going on a road trip this weekend that’ll put nearly 500 miles on my car. Every time I fill up the tank I’m telling the oil companies, “more of this, please.” So spare me the moral outrage against BP, please. They’re a cog in the machine you and I have created.