But you probably would not know about this, because our own mainstream media has apparently not questioned White House spokesman Robert Gibbs about this subject. Try googling it, tonight you get approx 4 results:
Nope, not much there, but we do get this:
Which is by a UK (not US) newspaper, describing the technology and the pre-approved plan the US EPA has on hand for containing an oil slick and destroying up to 95% of it. By surrounding the oil with a fire boom and burning it, the oil on the surface burns off and the heavy oil under the water drops to the floor of the sea.
One big problem, the US didn't have a single fire boom on hand in the Gulf of Mexico. One was delivered from the stock of the manufacturer, 8 days later.
Why isn't our own media even asking about this? Why isn't our EPA having to explain why they were unprepared? Why weren't we prepared?
Even the New York Times says it took the "administration more than a week to really get moving".
This is not excusing BP and the oil rig operators from responsibility, but our federal government has oversight and authority in this situation (ironically, unlike hurricane Katrina, in which state and local authorities had initial responsibility to call in the feds), and the responsibility to act. What happened? We may never know.