Regarding the recent oil spill, we knew from day one that the government was going to use this event to say, "You see! The evil big businesses can't be trusted. In pursuit of profits, they are destroying the earth." In other words, blame big business.
My view on the matter is quite the opposite: Tie the hands of the oil industry for decades and then expect them to fucntion well?
If we value industrial civiliztion and the enormous life sustaining and life enhancing benefits that big businesses like the oil companies provide to mankind, get the government the hell out of the way, and let the companies produce. Our way of life--our progress, our standard of living, and, therefore, our happiness and well being--depend on it. Do you want to see more disasters of this sort? Then, let the government keep meddling with big business and the economy in general. They've already made a debacle of the housing market, and subsequently the entire financial market--and now offshore drilling.