Packed Up: BP’s Propaganda

Doug Suttles, COO of BP appeared on The Early Show on CBS Wednesday morning to discuss the ongoing BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Gusher Disaster.
Suttles said the industry’s ability to fight a big spill and control a blow-out on the sea bed “is significantly different” than it was on the 20th of April.

He said they’ve created new techniques to skim and invented “things” and “mounted the largest response the world has ever seen.”
And he said these new techniques will be available to the industry if this ever happens again.
I’ve noticed Suttles always carefully selects his wording of statements such as this. While his statements above might be factually accurate – in maybe a warped sense – there is a gaping hole in the presentation.

They learned, over 90 days into the disaster, how to cap the well, with a break in this location in a deep-water well system. And let’s focus on the fact that it took the “experts” over 90 days to do it.
And what if the next rupture is at different location that does not allow for a vertical fix such as this one?
What Suttles is trying to do was extremely predictable. Now that the well is capped (we hope anyway), he’s trying to spin BP’s response as being great. ‘Look what we did – biggest response ever.’
The biggest environmental disaster in US history, with a pitiful and drawn-out response – and suddenly it’s a success for Suttles and his buddies. We’re suppose to forget the fact that no one had a disaster plan before this happened and the industry was literally in bed with the Minerals Management Service and thousands upon thousands of animals have died and continue to die.

We’re suppose to forget 11 people died on the rig because – as reports indicate – safety measures were ignored.

We are supposed to forget that for 90 days, the experts didn’t know what to do and still can’t prevent oil from coming ashore to foul a coastline and devastate wildlife populations.
So knowing what we know about the industry now, we’re suppose to feel good about letting it continue to drill?? We’re suppose to feel good about an industry that meets behind closed doors with elected officials to gain influence over them and contributes millions to gain influence over the process??
We’re suppose to feel good, knowing elected officials have been working to ease environmental regulations and oversight for this industry because they’re pushing for more drilling??
And the industry always touts the jobs it produces and the need for more oil from US wells. But we can’t forget that the industry has used its powerful influence to hold back alternative energy development and is still trying to hold back clean energy bills.
It is true that a huge number of jobs depend on the oil industry. But in my view this means the industry is responsible for looking out for these people if the industry itself fails, especially when we note its influence, in buying its way into a position for record profit with little government oversight.
In other words, the oil industry bought its way into this spot and made its own bed. So the industry has to take full responsibility for its actions. The employees and the environment and our tax dollars should not be held responsible.
If people lose their jobs because the industry has failed in its responsibility and we need at least a moratorium on drilling, it is the industry’s responsibility to pay their full salaries.
It’s called ‘taking personal responsibility for your actions.’

I like using sports comparisons, so let’s look at the situation this way.
Let’s say the Colts and the Saints don’t make the playoffs next season because their team owners decide Payton Manning and Drew Brees should sit down in favor of rookie quarterbacks. Maybe they out-right cut both players to save money and they cut more key veterans to start the season, and the season ends with a 1-15 record for both teams.
Do their fans respond with – “Yeah, that’s okay. Let’s fully support these guys as the owners of our favorite teams.” – ?
Or a better example might be the Detroit Lions. If their fans had a choice for the management and ownership of the team, would anyone involved over the last few decades be anywhere near the top of the list?
Yet, we’re suppose to look the other way while BP and other similar companies continue to drill?

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