Brits are supposedly getting defensive over anti-British sniping from frustrated Americans. Now, let me be clear here, Exxon-Mobile, Conoco-Phillips, Shell or any other American based oil corporation could have caused a spill somewhere.
It's hard to hate the British people as my first L.P. record was by the Beatles.
There is also some grousing about some Americans desire to see B.P. cut dividends, to have more cash on hand to help pay for this disaster. Frankly, I don't think this corporation has enough money to totally pay for this disaster, even if they wanted to... But they should pay, and pay well! I'm sorry if people see their pensions harmed because the funds are invested in B.P., but to my understanding, even some Americans funds are invested in B.P..
As some Brits have defensively said: we use the oil (gas) and we have to put up with the consequences of that. I'm sure a lot of Indians hated Americans after the Bhopal gas spill from Dow Chemical. But, as an American, I would have wanted Dow Chemical to pay and pay till the victims were fully reimbursed. I don't know if they have been, but they should have been. Sorry, but that is a thing called corporate responsibility!
And speaking of this, it is not totally B.P. that is responsible. There is the rig operator, Transocean, as well is Halliburton, which were involved. Yes, I heard about quarreling between Transocean and B.P., prior to the explosion. Whom is negligent here is my main concern. I suppose most of us Americans would like it to be B.P., but investigations need to be done.
First, stop the damed leak and clean it up!