At the same time, I am not of the camp demanding that Obama "do more" or claiming that the government should "take charge" ---- what the hell could he (or anyone) do? Yes, we have a foul history of laxity toward regulation and oversight: but that looks to be changing, thanks to the current president. But the event has occurred, and no amount of righteous indignation, or self-serving fire in the belly oratory, or threat of punitive action will change that. From what I can tell, we've had most of the oil industry players who have any idea how to approach this there on the job, and we've had the government pushing to keep things moving, and setting the pieces in place for the long slog of recovery.
Today, it looks like we may be seeing the light at the end of this dark tunnel; I pray that this is the case. But as with other catastrophes, what can be said in the aftermath? My hope is that the President and Congress stick to their word, and hold BP accountable for the costs to the people and the land and waters that have been blackened; that we finally address the real costs of maintaining our oil economy through current means; and that we find ways to educate people and organizations to the true cost of our actions. Because every action has costs.
We weep for the earth's loss, and toil for its rebirth, and struggle to ensure that it will not happen like this again.