At the local watering hole I asked the bartender about her opinion of the oil leak.
She said, "When did this happen?"
I pointed to a copy of the New York Times lying on the bar.
I implied that BP's greed may have caused, and is causing, a catastrophe that is unstoppable and that no one knows, or even can know, the eventual effect of this.
She said, "That's sad."
One of the last of ten stages of civilization is 'apathy'.