It has been several weeks since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig collapsed and left thousands of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. Several times BP attempted to stop the leak, and several times the U.S. government claimed it had control of the situation and was not letting the oil companies call the shots, but many seem to doubt the validity of the last statement.
At a news conference Thursday, President Barack Obama worked to rebuild his slightly tarnished image and address the public's complaints about the way the administration has handled the Gulf oil spill.
Obama insisted that his administration has been "in charge" since the Deepwater exploded on April 20, killing 11 crew members, according to an article from the Washington Post. Yet many critics argued that the government's response was slow and unsuccessful in prompting BP to act in a timely manner.
After several weeks of failed attempts to seal the leak, an estimated 30 million gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf. This spill is now estimated, according to an article by The New York Times, to be almost three times larger than the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska.
Many have argued that oil companies have become too powerful for the government to rein in and are now the ones calling the shots; even Obama admitted that the government lacks the technology to properly address the situation. As a result, it seems that BP has been left in charge of the clean up, but the oil giant seems to be stumbling to clean up its mess.
Is it time for the federal government to take control, or should this oil leak be BP's mess to clean up?