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Lax enforcement caused the oil spill

Jeffrey Bright's argument about the failings of the free market fails to note that the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, allowed approval — with no environmental review — the BP drilling operation. The agency declared the drilling plan to be "categorically excluded" from review because it posed no chance of harming the environment.

It is very interesting to note that BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the last 20 years, with the largest sum going to Barrack Obama.

Considering these facts, I do not conclude the problem is a failure of the free market alone.

John Brohawn, Catonsville

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