Who's To Blame For The Gulf Oil Spill? Maybe Nobody

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

President Obama's commission to investigate the causes of the Gulf oil spill revealed their results yesterday, and it seems that they couldn't find anyone specifically to blame. Fred Bartlit, lead counsel on the investigation, said "We have not seen a single instance where a human being made a conscious decision to favor dollars over safety." While the commission says it agrees "90 percent" with BP's own report on the explosion and spill — does the public need someone to blame for all of this?

New York Times reporter John Broder has been following this story, and has the latest details, including what could take place at today's hearings. 

Kathryn Schulz, author of, "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error," says that psychologically, people love to have someone to blame. While it's a natural impulse, she says, it's not a very healthy one.


Kathryn Schulz

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David J Fazekas

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