Having said that, BP has screwed over America yet again. First a refinery explosion, and now this. You can spin the ecological impact however you want - talking about high school swimming pools might make it sound minimal, but the fact is nobody knows what the ultimate impact will be.
That aside, the REAL damage is that BP has set us back 10 years when it comes to offshore drilling - and yet again increased our dependence on foreign oil. Yet again, helped to increase our balance of trade deficits.
Maybe we'll wake up one day and realize that leaving our future in the hands of the likes of BP - just ain't smart. Smart alternatives are the only long-term solution. I know this will take decades to develop. The only silver lining is that this latest BP fiasco just might serve as a catalyst to at least get started.