The way I see it this oil spill happened because of a market failure; because of a lack of legal obligations to fund the cleanup efforts that must take place in the event of a spill, oil companies do not have enough of an economic incentive to focus on prevention. In the event of a future spill I would like to see our government step in and take command of the entirety of the cleanup process, deploying the military/national guard if need be, all the while taking careful stock of the costs incurred by said effort. The oil company would foot the entire bill. Additionally, some action should be taken to give reparations for Americans whose livelihoods are directly impacted by such spills. While I'm unsure how this amount should be calculated (perhaps give fisherman the equivalent of their earnings in the same month 1-year prior for the duration that they are out of work?), but again, the oil companies should have to cough up the dough. I understand that legislation of this type would increase costs for oil companies, and perhaps some of this cost would be passed on to consumers. However, I believe protecting our country's environment (and the economies that are supported by it) are worth this cost, and besides, with all the oil we import from countries not subject to US laws, I cannot imagine how the average American consumer could be hurt significantly by such legislation. Thoughts?