The purpose of this paper is to question the common conviction that responsibility is the major factor influencing performance.
The paper takes the form of a comparison of two recent cases of ecological catastrophes.
In emergency situations, locating parties able to perform gives better results than establishing responsibility for the accident.
More similar cases should be examined systematically.
If the conclusions are accepted, the conventional mode of acting in emergencies may change.
Hopefully, the paper may redirect attention from responsibility to performativity.
The paper opposes a commonly accepted belief and the corresponding mode of acting.
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