[usa, florida. from All Eyes]
it’s the 78th day.
there’s been a lot of outrage at the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; at the deaths of the 11 workers, at how BP is handling (if it can be called handling) it, outrage at the US government and outrage that it’s all moving too slowly for the wildlife affected, ruining delicate marshes, the livelihoods of fishermen wiped out, restaurants closing, and the sheer damage spreading across the louisiana, mississippi, alabama and florida coastline, and into the atlantic. children on the beach are even finding globs of tar balls.
everyone knows, regardless of the cause, it’s a huge disaster. everyone except the corporation’s headmen: BP’s CEO and chairman, who went on to paddle around in their respective luxury yachts- while up to 15,000 barrels of oil pour from the rig.
you’d think they’d be smart enough to slink into their suits and stick to the PR and PC, for a while at least.
i’ve been paying extra attention to the frontman, and honestly, i’ve not had such fun compiling a list of stupid quotes since bush.
“This was not our accident … This was not our drilling rig … This was Transocean’s rig. Their systems. Their people. Their equipment.”
(to fellow executives) “What the hell did we do to deserve this?”
“I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest.”
“A number of companies are involved, including BP, and it is simply too early – and not up to us – to say who is at fault.”
‘We will fix it. I guarantee it,’ he said. ‘The only question is we do not know when.’
“The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean.”
‘No one wants this thing over more than I do. I’d like my life back.’ [this was when he returned home, attended the posh race, and sailed around with his family.]
[to financial analysts] “I’m so far unscathed… I’m a Brit so sticks and stones can hurt your bones, but words never break them, or whatever the expression is.”
(refuting scientists‘ reports of ecosystem-threatening underwater plumes, some were 22miles long, 6 miles wide, and over 1,000 feet deep) “There aren’t any plumes.”
[sources- from all over. it’s all over the net.]
his PR replacement, Svanberg, delivered the final cherry:
who are these people who advise them? where is his brain while he’s saying all this? if poodle fur can be used to mop up the oil, they should just stuff these ego-inflated men down the oil well. and it would be just as well anyway, because the political and environmental fallout won’t stop even when the oil does.
[louisiana, barataria bay. jun 26. all pictures from Newsweek]
[florida, pensacola beach. jun 23]
[louisiana. east grand terre island. jun 4]
“In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11, I think this disaster is going to shape how we think about the environment and energy for many years to come.”