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I. Introduction A Thesis (Statement of the Problem) B Outline for Essay C Sources II Body A Background to Thesis / Statement of the Problem B Argument C Citations to Sources D Findings III Conclusion A Summar B Opinion Though its final report is two months away, the presidential commission investigating  the gulf oil spill is beginning to confirm what we already suspected and feared. The  April blowout on the Deepwater Horizon was not some unfortunate occurrence. It  was the result of a series of bad decisions by companies less concerned about safety  than about finishing a project that was over budget and 38 days behind schedule. The commission’s preliminary findings, presented last week, were inevitably sketchy.  It has been operating without subpoena powers that could more quickly clear up  conflicting accounts given by the three big players — BP, Hallibuton and Transocean.  The House has granted these powers; the Senate has not. Harry Reid, the Senate  majority leader, must correct that. The findings did not single out individual workers or executives for blame. The  panel’s chief counsel, Fred Bartlit Jr., said that so far his staff had not found “a single  instance where a human being made a conscious decision to favor dollars over  safety.” Mr. Bartlit amended his comments, suggesting that further digging could turn up  instances in which safety was clearly traded for profit. “Any time you are talking  about a million and a half dollars a day,” he said, “money enters in.” The commission chairmen, William Reilly and Bob Graham, voiced the same  suspicions, noting what Mr. Graham called a “compulsion to get this rig completed in 
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that April 19-20 timetable.” Both men have also condemned what Mr. Reilly has  called a “culture of complacency” in the industry generally, and BP in particular. The commission, an earlier House investigation and drilling experts have identified  what they believe to be several crucial errors. These include: Halliburton’s decision to cement the well with a mixture it knew to be 
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