What concerns me is that though the other oil companies argue that BP’s actions were unique, they all appear to be using the same flawed disaster response plans. I fear that none of these companies have adequately prepared to deal with the consequences of a major spill, and that is troubling.
While the hearing left many unanswered questions, it fully illustrated the need for action on a fundamental overhaul of our nation’s energy policy — a shift that stresses a broad portfolio of energy sources and energy efficiency.
As we move forward, BP must provide clear and transparent information so that we can fully prepare to address this disaster in the days, weeks and years ahead. And, I come away hopeful that BP will quickly establish an adequate escrow fund to pay for the damage done by this tragic event.