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Is the Goverment responsible for the BP spill? So says Salazar.

George: You gave BP and other oil companies permits without getting the proper clearances, you failed to conduct four monthly inspections of the rig over the last year, approved dozens of projects without the right permits are these failures your responsibility? You were secretary at the time.

Salazar: …The fact of it is there’s responsibility to go around from the companies to congress, to the executive branch…it’s congress that has had that law in place for a number of years and so congress has the responsibility to step up and also to reform the laws of this country relative to the requirements of the development of energy on the outer continental shelf .

George: It sounds like you’re shifting the blame back. This all happened on your watch.

Salazar: George I’m not shifting blame. I’m saying we have responsibility here in the Department of the Interior, we have been on a reform agenda from day one.

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:32 AM on May. 24, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • There is plenty of blame to go around. There are things on both sides that we know of and there is plenty we don't know of. I have my doubts that this could have been prevented. Shit happens sometimes and while most of the time you can go back to something and see whats to blame, right now there isn't a sure reason for this explosion and how it could have been prevented.
    Even so, if Salazar wants to blame the government he has my blessings. Of course Obama is trying to stay out of it so there isn't a chance people can blame him. The media has his back. Salazar may be the only way to find out the truth and just how much the government did or didn't do.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:13 PM on May. 24, 2010

  • Is Secretary Salazar Trying to Shift the Blame on the Gulf Oil ...


    AP IMPACT: Fed'l inspections on rig not as claimed - Yahoo! News


    They gave permits without clearance and failed to inspect the rig.  The government was about to give BP an award for excellence.  Makes you wonder.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:34 AM on May. 24, 2010

  • BP means British Petroleum. Blame the British and the work crews and the inspectors. They are responsible. NOT us.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:52 PM on May. 24, 2010

  • Blame the British and the work crews and the inspectors.


    The inspectors work for the Department of the Interior.  That is part of the Federal government of the United States.  The Federal government failed in their oversite of the job.  The Federal government failed to inspect and catch the problems.  The Federal government failed to protect us from this disaster. 


    Even Salazar says "The fact of it is there’s responsibility to go around from the companies to congress, to the executive branch…it’s congress that has had that law in place for a number of years and so congress has the responsibility to step up...."


     

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:22 PM on May. 24, 2010

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