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Question for BP About the Gulf Oil Geyser: WTF?!?

Like most of the world, I follow news of the Gulf oil geyser with horror. It could already be many times worse than the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989, the most notorious example of man’s inhumanity to the Earth—until now. That ominous warning of 10.8 million gallons of crude oil in the Prince William Sound was not enough to ensure inspections of BP’offshore drill or demand a contingency plan in the event of disaster.

Some questions: Why haven’t they simply capped the well?

How does calculating the exact flow of oil detract from the response effort?

Why isn’t BP allowing reporters to document the oil washing up on the beach in Louisiana?

And finally, why the hell does BP have a say in any of this anymore?