While everyone is condemning BP and certainly the oil spill is on their backs, contributory negligence by the Obama Administration may be a factor in the assessment of damages.
According to several sources, as many as 13 countries or organizations offered assistance. All of it was refused. Dutch skimmers and Belgian skimmers reportedly have technology that would have greatly reduced the current future damages. The Dutch skimmers were offered 3 days after the spill. (see ..”why did Obama refuse to go Dutch”)
The Jones Act was given as why the Obama Administration did not accept support. However, “On the other hand, waivers of the Jones may be granted by the Administration in cases of national emergencies or in cases of strategic interest.”, according to Dian L. Chu, Economic Forecasts & Opinions.
If the damage caused by the BP oil spill would be greatly reduced had assistance been delivered as offered, is the US through the Obama administration partly responsible for the liability?
How does the bill get split or shared? Does it get split? BP left itself to be the whipping boy and really hasn’t commented on the administration’s refusal of help from the Dutch, Belgian and others. Is the administration responsible for some percentage of the damage caused by the spill, contributory negligence. Is there a reason to, in part, hold the Obama Administration accountable for damages.