These are the pathetic and empty words of British Petroleum CEO Tony Hayward when questioned by lawmakers about the BP oil spill. Is he 'deeply sorry' enough to part with some of his personal wealth? I doubt it. No, he will go on to a golf course and a place far away to 'decompress' at some future date, along with the other vulgar rich who made their money through high retail prices. Meanwhile, working-class volunteers will line the devastated beaches with makeshift tools and methods, trying to salvage what is left of their coast.
philip, I hear you. these hearings are unbelievable. he basically has said nothing the country doesn't know already. he seems quite disconnected from the daily operations of his company. he doesn't even know how many deep water wells they currently have. I think I would have come more prepared to answer legitimate questions.
No. No relation. However, when a man says he's sorry, I take him at his word, unless I know him to be less than honorable. While I believe what happened could have been prevented and was the result of carelessness and greed, I don't think it was purposeful and I don't think if, knowing what is now known, that things would have been done the same.
Well, I believe if a corporation the size of BP is careless and greedy, then it is purposeful. They have the resources to invest in research and development of technologies to prevent accidents and to clean up after them if they happen. They chose to drill even though they knew the technology wasn't ready. They intentionally took a risk knowing that lives could be lost and ecosystems destroyed. I have absolutely no sympathy for any decision maker in that company. Absolutely none.
He might be sorry now, but it really means nothing at all. When he had the power to care, he didn't care enough.
It must be nice to go through life never making a mistake, never doing anything purposely wrong, never being motivated by the pressures of the moment, never being carried by the momentum of events that existed before you decided to set sail on a course. Funny how everyone is so willing to condemn BP, and yet more than willing to give Obama a pass.
I make mistakes all the time. Mine just don't wreak havoc on the environment, kill wildlife and put people out of jobs. The people that are in a position to allow this kind of thing to happen need to be held to a higher level of accountability and responsibility.
I think BP has said that they are responsible and will pay all legitimate claims. If laws were broken then the responsible people should be brought to justice. Is it not possible that the man is as he said, deeply sorry? Is it not possible to feel remorse and regret for one's digressions, just because someone is in a position of wealth and power? I'm not trying to defend any wrong doing by BP or it's officers or workers or by those in government that had oversight over this operation, but humans are fallible, we make mistakes and sometimes as a result of our actions others are hurt, but this does not mean that we can't feel badly about it or feel sorrow for those injured.
"I think BP has said that they are responsible and will pay all legitimate claims."
That's the problem! The scope of this disaster is so great; you would never be able to sort out what claims are legitimate for years and years. That's why they jumped on Obama's plan and, was happy to do it. They are not all bad. But pretty bad. As an oil company they had to take the chance and drill wherever their oiley noses lead them. The problem is they did not take the steps needed to insure the drilling would be done safely. Considering the lives lost and the damage done to the gulf coast; 20 Billion was not a shakedown, it was a gift to BP.
"However, when a man says he's sorry, I take him at his word, unless I know him to be less than honorable."
Do you take Sen Joe Barton at his word when he says he's sorry to BP? He did take his sorry back a little later. So in some cases the word sorry is just a word with no sincerity behind it. Unless of course you think Joe Barton really does want to bow down to BP.
Thanks for bringing this perspective to the discussion. Those on the Gulf Coast demanded greater worldwide media attention. I am finding out a great deal about the oil industry that I never realized since the spill on our Louisiana coast.
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