BP has yet to stop the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, and the Obama administration seems content to let them remain in charge. Or is it that whether or not they are happy with the state of affairs, huge corporations like BP simply have too much control of our government? According to Mike Papantonio, it's a little from column A, a little from column B: Ken Salazar, interior secretary, is a friend of oil companies and has certainly allowed them free rein, but at the same time, it's an age-old problem at this point that we've handed over too much government power to private companies. Papantonio is the host of Ring of Fire Radio, and also an attorney representing Gulf shrimpers and fishermen in a class action lawsuit against BP. He joins us to discuss the suit, the continuing disaster, and why BP decided that $10 million a life was a price it was willing to pay.
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