Today marks the sixth-month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Interested parties met for a conference on oil spills in Tampa, where an official of Exxon Mobil assured them a cap-and-siphon system in the making would never have to be used -- with proper prevention -- and in any case will absolutely positively work.
And then there was this, as reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Wednesday's opening session began with the industry sponsors -- which included BP and other major oil companies -- presenting congratulatory plaques to several Gulf states and the U.S. Coast Guard. Hundreds of people clapped.
A panelist from Texas then thanked BP for stepping up and doing a good job in the Gulf spill response. A Mississippi official on the panel also congratulated the Coast Guard and urged people to visit his state because, he asserted, there was very little impact there from the spill. A Coast Guard official told those gathered it is important to never forget your successes.