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Who's really to blame for the oil spill in the Gulf?

I'm so sick and tired of hearing about how evil BP is. Blame, blame, blame, blame. "Make them pay.... blah blah blah." This is like people who smoke and get lung cancer suing the tobacco manufacturers... or the fat guy who sues MacDonalds. I hope anyone who is pinning all the blame for this disaster on BP isn't driving a fossil fuel guzzling vehicle to the lynching. BP is in the Gulf because we keep buying their products. We are ALL responsible for this environmental clustercluck and the sooner we accept that responsibility, the sooner we can get on with finding solutions that will prevent this kind of thing from happening again.

Just had to get that off my chest.

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Comment by Randy Chatterjee on June 24, 2010 at 7:53am
Julia is dead on right that the blame for this oil spill must be shared equally among all users of petroleum, of all kinds...including anyone wearing an MEC pile jacket. Sure, MEC sometimes sources its pile from companies that use recycled plastic bottles...but where do these bottles originally come from and by what means were they collected and sorted?!

Oil is that all-pervasive.

For the technophiles who want to know how the actual spill happened, rather than why--which Julia answers brilliantly--check out Rex Wyler's Tyee article here.

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