terça-feira, 8 de junho de 2010
BBC BlogNetwork "How has Obama handled the Gulf oil spillage?" This is what I think:
There's something sickening about the way the media seeks blood when major negative events occur.
This particular accident giving rise to a major environmental disaster should get named and be treated exactly for what it is.
I have heard some journalists/reporters linking it to Katrina.Obama's Katrina they say.
Does it need telling, least of all explaining, there is absolutely no comparison between the two whatsoever?
Ultimately politicians are responsible for whatever happens within their jurisdiction - from Governor to President - to varying degrees according to layer of responsibility and rank.
I believe President Obama has done/is doing what he can under the circumstances.
BP has taken full responsibility from day one and has been, to the best of my knowledge, using its means to address an essentially technical problem after the fact.
What the accident has shown is that there are severe limitations to the efficacy of actions directed at handling massive leaks in deep sea.
This has been a first and BP is learning from it as was acknowledged early on and became increasingly clear as operations moved on.
A technical problem requires technical expertise to solve.
The political spillover is enormous but there's only so much a President can do until such time as relevant persons and equipment have plugged the leak at source.Dealing with the core problem as first things first would demand.
Once this has been taken care of there are any number of issues calling for attention.Broadly these range from the massive clean-up effort to compensation to accident investigation and responsibilities within BP regarding the safety of their drilling operations.
Procedures may have to be reviewed.
For its part the American Administration will have to set its eyes on the workings of the MMS within the relevant Department.
For now BP bashing may be fashionable, popular or even justified.
Ensuring it remains liable for damages caused too.
But in the larger picture it is hardly enough.