The Bamster and the Chicago Mob may not like it, but they ARE in charge...from the Federal Register's overview of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990:
In addition, the OPA provided new requirements for contingency planning both by government and industry. The National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) has been expanded in a three-tiered approach: the Federal government is required to direct all public and private response efforts for certain types of spill events; Area Committees -- composed of federal, state, and local government officials -- must develop detailed, location-specific Area Contingency Plans; and owners or operators of vessels and certain facilities that pose a serious threat to the environment must prepare their own Facility Response Plans.
The emphasis is mine, but it's pretty clear. Levin has much more of this point on his site, but what is becoming glaringly obvious is that there is no one in this government right now that has a clue about how to handle a national emergency. They are allowing BP to continue its efforts because they don't have any ideas nor do they have the management expertise to bring to bear to help solve the problem. The nation is realizing that we have elected Toonces as our President: