Sunday, June 13, 2010

BP and getting away with murder

Apparently the US Chamber of Commerce thinks that the American taxpayer and not just BP should pay for cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico. Sounds suspiciously like the bank bailout even with Obama demanding that "BP sets aside the funds required to pay individuals and businesses damaged by this massive spill." Moreover, we can rest assured that BP will fulfill Obama's "demands" quite easily despite the talk about the company going bankrupt. After all, they have only made $209.8 billion profit since 2000 and having spent $55 million on lobbying politicians during the last ten years, we can be certain that, despite Obama's noises to the contrary, they don't have much to be worried about. Furthermore, as Greg Palast said, "BP has insurance to cover most of their loses and that any money it does pay will be more than recouperated because of the increase in oil prices." Yes, BP and their win-win situation and the farce of Obama's public posing.

No, they don't even need to worry about the damning testimony from Mike Williams, the Chief Electronics Technician aboard the Deepwater Horizon, about the fact that an accident to the BOP (blow out preventer), which is used to seal the well shut in order to test its pressure and integrity and, if there is a blowout, is the crew's only hope, was dismissed by a supervisor as being no big deal. They don't have to worry that all their other immoral tricks to speed up operations, while neglecting security and maximising profits, will come to light. Yes, they will hardly be shaking in their boots, despite the environmental disaster and the eleven crew members who died, when they didn't have to, on board the Deepwater Horizon. Fact is folks, whether we like it or not, BP are in with the "in crowd". Or, to put it another way, if you are going to be in the in crowd you do BP's bidding. We can rest assured that the lobbying they have done up on Capitol Hill wasn't for nothing and we can expect someone even to have had a word in Obama's ear and tell him who gets him elected. The farce goes on and as we head full speed ahead to totalitarian democracy. Oh and apropos Obama; it is over to George Orwell and didn't that perceptive chap once say that the reason behind political prose is "to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."

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