Why Obama Should Put BP Under Temporary Receivership

It’s time for the federal government to put BP under temporary receivership, which gives the government authority to take over BP’s operations in the Gulf of Mexico until the gusher is stopped. This is the only way the public know what’s going on, be confident enough resources are being put to stopping the gusher, ensure BP’s strategy is correct, know the government has enough clout to force BP to use a different one if necessary, and be sure the ... Full Story »

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by Kaizar Campwala - Jun. 1, 2010

Reich makes good arguments for why the US should temporarily take over BP, but fails to contextualize this proposal in the legal framework that governs government interference in private business. Presumably BP is not in the same financial position as AIG or GM, and a government takeover would be a hostile one.

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