Andrew Clark, U. S. Business Correspondent for the Guardian, argues against piling on BP. A nugget:
BP hasn’t done itself many favours. Initially, the company woefully underestimated the scale of the spill. And BP’s chief executive has produced a string of cringeworthy remarks. The company was ill-prepared for such an unprecedented disaster but has finally made some progress in plugging the leak. Yet BP has consistently promised to foot the bill for cleaning up the gulf and to meet all valid compensation claims.
Many will argue that BP deserves to die, and anger is entirely understandable. But critics should be careful what they wish for. America is a nation with a tradition of due process and everybody – even “big oil” – is entitled to a fair trial.
I can get behind the part about a trial.