Environmental damage, incidence, major spills, remedies & policy alternatives, prevention & punishment.
This is a stark indication that there is a need for something to be done. We cannot afford to sacrifice our environment and ecology to continue to live our collectively chosen lifestyle. It is necessary to introduce meaningful legislation that can at least limit America to a receptiveness to ships meeting safety and environmental standards. That will mean coming to either terms of cooperation or diminishing need from oil trading partner. Of course, facing off with the oil industry is not a desirable task, with the sheer power and influence of this industry making it difficult if not impossible to oppose. However, the economic demands upon the industry are high as well, meaning that there is a sheer internal logic to improvement of standards across the boards.