When driving cabs in the winters up in NY, we used to get into heated arguments over gas brands and most were quieted when I reminded the obvious to them. All the brands here come from a distribution "tank farm" fed by a Standard Oil pipeline from Philly. A few would say, "well it'* the proprietary additives that make the difference".... Ya, ok, whatever. It'* gas. Made by primitive refracting/refining skills discovered over 2000 years ago. Additives are minimal, do little when burned off, and like Tide detergent always being 40% improved. If you took all the "improvement" percentages "attributed to by slickster ad people" and added them up over the years, dirt and stains would fall off the clothes when you wave the box of detergent at them. Sorry but IMO, your an idiot if you think you can "drive your engine clean".
While I'm on a flame bender,... I'm sick of all the negative rap and media orchestration about the spill and BP. It'* was an explosion that caused this tragedy, and all the engineering and foresight in the world cannot failsafe this type of incident. BP is the leader and foremost authority on deep water oil drilling. No one has more experience and expertise in it. Their isn't one of the solutions they have tried that wasn't used somewhere else and succeeded.
Chemical dispersants aren't a great solution, but on the scale of this spill, a good viable retardant that is better than the damage caused if the crap hit'* vast shorelines. Real life outside the musings of armchair engineers often requires taking steps that involve the lessers of two evils. And as always it seems, the media wants to take things to plateaus of absurdities to scare and enrage their audiences. There is a tremendous difference in spraying a chemical directly on a lab rat and spraying a planeload of it on an area of a body of water that contains enough gallons of water to require a pagefull of zero'* added to a number to state it'* volume. People are funny. They get outraged over something that sank alot of oil that deepwater bacteria will breakup (proven out in the Exxon Valdez incident) yet, don't give a rat'* azz about Cities like NYC that continue to dump their garbage wholesale off the continental shelf into the Atlantic. Alot of the dispersant is bonded to the oil, not freely dissolved in the water as well.
Looking it all over; BP'* effort'*, their money already spent, and their setting up a $20 Billion trust just for damage compensation-I think they have done a superlative job in owning up to, and stepping up to trying to re-mediate the a disaster cause by unfortunate accident. So many company'* have caused much more damage to our interior waterways knowing well the consequences and not caring. Then try to remove themselves from both the blame and cost of fixing it.
The media and government need to stop playing to the blame game, enraging peoples fears, and give BP all the support possible in getting this under control. This isn't a single corporate entity'* fight, problem, or responsibility. It has gone way beyond that and needs all to get on board to fight it. What pisses me off is with all our Federal government'* resources, the only thing they really contributed is sending Obama to the scene several times to trash talk everyone but his own Administration. And deflect a problem that is still unsolved by concentrating and pointing to what'* already happened. The spill is ongoing, the flow continues to increase, and a real SOLUTION not even known. Time to wake up, and step up Obama. A handful of fisherman who can't work right now isn't much of a deal considering this thing could balloon into covering the entire Gulf Coast and destroy life as we know it in the Deep South.