Heres my question: Why are we drilling in 5,000 feet of water in the first place?
The short answer is: cause we're running out of other choices with each potential oil field the government closes off, often at the behest of enviro-kooks.
Libs are awfully quick to point out that there are no laws expressly mandating deep-water oil drilling. This is true. It's also true that BP and TransOcean may not come out of this smelling like roses, either. Be that as it may, a business is in the business of making money; it behooves all involved to clean up this spill as quickly as possible and minimize risk in day-to-day operation.
The next time you see a disaster like this one (attributable to human error), it's worth looking for how our government has its fingers in the pie.