Macomb, IL – The panelists talk about news coverage of the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.
The disaster is often referred to as an oil "spill." But given the amount of oil pouring into the Gulf, "spill" seems to be a rather mild description.
BP workers and clean up crews have been instructed not to speak to reporters. The panelists think that prevents the public from knowing the true extent of the problem.
BP's efforts to control information also prevent the public from knowing whether a similar disaster can be prevented in the future. It's important for the public to have such information when deciding what direction to take to meet the country's growing energy needs.