Cause: media undercovers environmental catastrophe of epic propotions.
Effect: 53% of Americans polled by NBC/WSJ think expanded offshore drilling is economically worth the environmental risk.
I wonder how many Americans would support extremely punitive damage claims against oil companies found liable for environmental catastrophes? I wonder how many Americans would support higher taxes to clean up after our self-regulating corporations who make messes?
Lord knows, it may hurt business to hold them accountable.