"The weak link is the soft squidgy bit — us — at the controls."
- STEPHEN MUDGE,a senior scientist at Exponent International, on human error being part of the equation of huge oil spills; it has been 20 years since the Exxon Valdez supertanker ran aground in Alaska, spilling 38,000 tons of crude oil
"I don't think they'll be lining up for any...government handout any time soon."
- FADEL GHEIT,oil analyst with Oppenheimer & Sons, on Exxon Mobil's record-breadking $45.2 billion profit last year despite the plunge in oil prices
"This is a knife in the gut."
- ANDREW WILLS,of Alaska, one of the plaintiffs in the long-running Exxon-Valdez lawsuit, on the Supreme Court's decision to slash punitive damages from $2.5 billion to around $500 million
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