By MIKE CORN
This business of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is simply too much, and no one -- no one -- is responding as they should.
Sure, the politicos are taking every photo opportunity to say they're upset, willing to "push them out of the way."
Them, in this case, is British Petroleum -- soilers of the earth who prefer to be called BP because then they don't sound like foreigners.
Bottom line, they need to change their name to Bad Petroleum.
Yes, I use my fair share of fuel. Perhaps too much, but that doesn't mean I have to like what is going on.
I'm simply disgusted by the environmental perspective of Big Business, which is to say they care nothing at all.
Oh sure, they offering up a few million here and there to provide a token offering, hoping to show they are "committed to the environment."
I have two words for them, and I certainly can't print them here.
Look at it, all they care about is increasing the bottom line.
GM, Ford and Chrysler all got caught with their pants down because they were unwilling to respond to the consumer.
Even today, Chrysler -- notably its Ram Tough division -- heralds the massive power of its trucks, powered by V-8 engines that suck gasoline like kids going after a sno-ball on a hot July afternoon.
GM, beat up for failing to offer a single fuel-efficient model, even now is heralding its big trucks once again.
Could that be harbinger of more troubles to come? I would certainly suggest it is.
To be fair, few other car manufacturers, here or abroad, are doing any better either.
But as prices at the pump retreated from the high of $4 a gallon, the pressure's just not there.
They will return, and no one will be prepared -- again.
It's the same thing with Bad Petroleum.
How can the folks down in the Gulf of Mexico, pulling thousands of barrels of oil a day from there, even consider the idea of not installing multiple fail-safe systems.
Let's not talk about a dead battery here or there, or bad mud or cement.
Instead, let's talk about how many fail-safe systems the deep-sea wells should have had. Forget about one, or even two. Let's make it several.
And while we're at it, let's establish an independent -- enforcement empowered -- arm of the Interior Department, with ethical requirements built in, to ensure that things are done right.
Another thing, let's get rid of Ken Salazar, the consummate big-business executive: He gives lip service to the environment, but works hardest to ensure that bottom lines of big businesses continue to grow. I've already mentioned my thoughts on the environmental track record of Big Business.
As the secretary over at Interior, Salazar's done little for the environment. No, make that nothing for the environment.
And therein lies the problem.
President Barack Obama has made some interesting selections for Cabinet members, but it's the same old tired ways of Washington that prevail. He's always up for appointing a former senator or representative. If that fails, he -- and everyone before him -- have bene willing to pick from Big Business.
This is a new frontier on the environment, no matter how many times people suggest otherwise.
Rather than let BP amble its way down to the Gulf, using photo ops as they go, let's just seize the entire corporation until the cleanup is complete.
That's what needs to happen. BP needs to be an example of how things will be handled,
No more subtle winks at congressional hearings, no grandstanding, no blame game.
By doing nothing, they are at fault. We already know who's responsible.