Drill here drill now question: Would less gov't oversight of the free market have prevented the Gulf Spill?

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  • Ernest
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    You have got to be kidding! We would be swimming in an oil slick world wide without oversight. Our fish would taste of oil if there were any that survived the lack of oxygen oil sucks from the ocean waters. We are already playing with an "oily" fire by drilling.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you had been paying attention to the cause of the accident - they you would be aware that it was caused by technical errors and poor communications between BP, Transocean and Haliburton.

    More oversight frequently results in nothing more than more forms (that nobody will ever look at) being filled out by the people being regulated. And as we have seen with this disaster - the more paperwork you make people do the less seriously they take the issues the paperwork is supposed to prevent. In fact - it appears at this time that the paperwork requirements were so intrusive that Transocean had gotten into the habit of filling out the forms afterwards.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    uhmm, no

    well maybe if the government was totally removed and Halliburton, BP, ect were completely liable for all damages created due to the spill. The oil companies are protected from liability so they have less concern about safing their rigs. The additional cost of safety just didn't outweigh the risk, so they relaxed the standards.

    it is going to cost much more to drill now, there is going to be "nuclear reactor" type regulations on drilling.

  • The premise of your question assumes that someone is calling for unregulated and unsupervised oil drilling. That is totally flawed. The fact is the people do want safe practices enforced and they were not. If we want safe practices and pay huge price in taxes for our government to protect us as Americans and our interest, and they fail then what good is it to have the agencies in the first place?

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  • 1 decade ago

    No. Conservatives are claiming that a lack of government oversight is why this spill happened in the first place. Conservatives love to side with wrongdoers when liberals are in charge of law enforcement.

  • S O
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    You mean, even less than there already was? These guys have been allowed to write their own rules as it is.

    Can any corporation ever do wrong in some peoples eyes?

    Is there ever any disaster these corporations can create, without having a bunch of right-wing "Useful Idiots" running around crying that the poor corporation shouldn't have to pay for the damages and the mess they've created.... And god forbid, anyone propose that they should get the corporate death penalty, see there corporate charter revoked, and end their ability to do business in this country.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    That is an invalid question since there is no free market.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, it would have happened in the 70s with no oversight. Oil companies are the greeeeediest! They knowingly sell poison, just to make money, like Big Tobacco, Big Liquor, Big Snack Food Makers, ...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't see any evidence that any of the 17,000 bureaucrats working for EPA do any work whatsoever. The affirmative action EPA Administrator is particularly worthless.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If the government was doing their job then the spill would be contained.

    There was supposed to be a federal plan in place to contain it.

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