My theory about BP

They don’t care.  They don’t even care about the U.S. government.  They don’t care about any government.  They make enough money to pay anyone anything and still have enough to make their shareholders wealthy.

They don’t care about their workers.

They are just going through the motions trying to cap the well that broke.  It will be until August or later, when BP has drilled to get the oil they want.  That’s when everything will stop spewing.

They don’t care about Bobby Jindal.  They don’t care about Barack Obama.  They don’t care about anyone but themselves and their shareholders.  And they have many friends.  Friends who fail to remember that the friendship only goes one way.  All of the 24/7 criticism of Obama deflects criticism of BP.  Believe me, BP likes that.  How does it feel to be in bed with killers?

I wonder how all of the pundits feel about being in the pocket of BP.  Some of them may like it and feel well lubricated.   Some don’t even know they are there.

This “hole in the ocean” will keep blowing oil and natural gas and everything else, until BP has a way to make money off of it.

BP’s marketing is a wondrous thing.

More people died in Texas City.

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8 responses to “My theory about BP

  1. I read a few mini-articles on the API (American Petroleum Institute) site, which has always been impressively slick (the best that money can buy). The overall feeling I got was that at this stage, BP is beginning to get peevish about having to clean up their own mess. What’s really striking to me about this catastrophe, in comparison with the one on Wall Street, where you had herds of semi-anonymous parties who can share in the blame, is that it can be pinned on a single individual. I don’t mean that the BP executive who overruled the TransOceanic guys the night before the explosions is solely responsible, he was simply the trigger-man for the institutional culture of cutting corners and putting human life pretty far down on the list of priorities, but it’s still striking that such a huge often faceless industry can wreak such damage from one coin-toss of a decision. Same with the Exxon Valdez. One man. And the answer is, and always has been, to have greater and stricter and extremely detailed regulations, with a chain of command such that when one pilot, one driller, one captain, one engineer fucks up, the whole chain of personnel should be held accountable and hauled into the dock. The cost of human error in something like the oil industry is too much for the planet to bear, and hard consequences are something they should welcome if that’s what it takes to make them toe the line. An honor system is fine and dandy for Mom & Pop type industries but not for these guys. More than ever I would love to see the notes from Cheney’s secret energy meetings. The oil companies were given a green light and, with a wink-and-a-nod (and a lot of blood money greasing certain politicians’ campaign stashes) they were given the permission to speed through red lights at will.

    • I guess Rolling Stone is the be all and end all of political commentary.

      Sigh.

      He’s trying to wind down two wars while Rumsfeld gets his portrait hung in the Pentagon. He’s trying to convince the rest of the G20 to help people out instead of RAISING TAXES.

      He’s trying to get Wall Street reform through, despite Steve Forbes celebrating a man’s death and Russ Feingold being a dick.

      You truly think that Obama WANTED this oil disaster? Really? Do you really think anyone wanted this? BP thought they could make a lot of money off of the well. They cut corners. Sure blame Obama for everything that is wrong with the federal government and be sure to tell that Gallup person who calls that you DISAPPROVE of the job he is doing.

      And vote REPUBLICAN this November. To show your spite.

    • Bubba, while I seem to be a yellow dog liberal, I am in fact an anarcho-syndicalist and have been since I was 16 years old. But I am also a pragmatist. Think Barbara Jordan.

  2. O’bp = ecocide in the gulf.

    • Journalists struggling to document the impact of the oil rig explosion have repeatedly found themselves turned away from public areas affected by the spill, and not only by BP and its contractors, but by local law enforcement, the Coast Guard and government officials.

      To some critics of the response effort by BP and the government, instances of news media being kept at bay are just another example of a broader problem of officials’ filtering what images of the spill the public sees.

      I’m guessing you fall into that category?

      The governor asked President Obama two months ago to authorize the use of 6,000 National Guard troops for the disaster, and the president immediately agreed. Jindal, however, only deployed 1,053 — less than a fifth.

      When CBS asked why, Jindal said he’s forbidden from deploying more because it’s up to “the Coast Guard and BP” to “authorize individual tasks.”

      In reality, Jindal is either deeply confused about something he should understand, or he was lying. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander, said unequivocally that there is “nothing standing in the governor’s way from utilizing more National Guard troops.”

      Indeed, before the CBS report aired, the governor’s office conceded that Jindal has not asked for more Guard troops to be deployed to the coast to help with the response to the spill. The report did not offer an explanation.

      No criticism for Jindal?

      Didn’t think so.

    • And at the point that was made, wasn’t the 24/7 camera on the gusher? The same one that FOX NEWS loves to put a number on?

      This well will stop in August when the relief well is accomplished. Just like 30 years ago. Why don’t you have as much passion about how the oil industry is operating the same way it was 30 or more years ago?

      Simple answer: You are a moderate who would like to have divided government.

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