So it really is a joint US/British Problem, and finger pointing and name blaming will continue to go on as long as politics is present ... which means forever and a half.
Arguably so. But the problem is from BP, a multinational company, and on American soil. The cost (financially) is to be paid by BP and the US government. The government of the United Kingdom is not really any more involved than any other government that wants an environment after this finishes
Oh yes, the British Government shouldn't have to pay anything, let alone even be slightly blamed for the mess.
WE ARE however, blaming BP for this unorganized mess and so called 'response.
Absolutely, as is reasonable. Although, some of the blame has to be taken by regulation, too.
I couldn't have said it better myself. BP has drilled in other areas (Canada/Netherlands/ect.) where regulations are SO strict, for the first year or so of drilling, it isn't even profitable.
But, BP follows ALL regulations and codes over there (safety wells, other lines, etc.)
American regulations are sub par, and it's really because politics and oil corporations are so intertwined that there doesn't need to be regulations because it'll be 'ok' or because they're our 'buddies'*
*see Bush and preBush presidency