BP Disaster

Bloomberg: Stop whining, Pensacola

June 8, 2010

Bloomberg columnist Matthew Lynn writes that we Americans should to stop whining. He recommends that BP quit apologizing and instead go on the attack.

“…there are no words BP can use to apologize sufficiently for the damage the leak has caused. Whatever it says, it’s still going to be the most reviled company in America.

Instead BP should try a different tack. It should tell the U.S., and everybody in it, to go take a hike. In reality, the U.S. is guilty of the most appalling hypocrisy.”

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  • Bill Muldoon June 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm


    I agree completely with your points. I think those responsible for the failings that you have listed should be tried and hanged.

    My comment is a bit more indirect. Another angle on why companies are even drilling in the GOM in the first place. Simply, without consumer demand there would be no reason for companies to invest in drilling the GOM.

    I personally think all offshore drilling should be banned regardless of any safety devices, protocols, etc. Because no matter how much money, time and effort is put into prevention history says something will fail.

    The best and brightest people on the planet have built bridges that collapse, space shuttles that explode, ships that sink, buildings that fall so no matter the precautions oil drilling rigs will fail again. It is the way of our physical world and the innate fallibility of humans interact.

    So it goes…~Vonnegut

  • angie kercher June 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    There are no words to describe this impending doom. I just wanted to say I am amazed at the incredible reporting from IN, Rick Outzen and his team. For such a small entity, your investigative reporting is incredible. I also think Grover Robinson is showing Pensacola his true leadership qualities. His heart is in his service to his community. I’m glad I voted for him, and I’m thankful I can always find the IN on Thursday mornings!

    “Nothing will work unless you do.” Maya Angelou

  • Michelle Rushing June 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm


    I disagree. As consumers, we are not responsible for this catastrophe.

    BP is responsible for this disaster. Did BP’s corporate culture discourage their HR department from setting sound (if more expensive) policies on training, employee engagement and overtime — thereby setting itself up for a disaster?

    BP’s focus was on faster, quicker, cheaper. Not on taking the time to review the plan to make sure it would work. Not on having workers work cautiously as they proceeded on dangerous jobs. And their focus certainly wasn’t on having the best safety features in place.

    They could have taken a few million dollars from the billions in profits to focus on safety and I doubt that stockholders would yell.

    The leadership of BP is responsible for this disaster as they set the attitude of the entire company. It’s clear that it was on profits and that’s the measuring stick they expected everyone to follow regardless of the consequences.

    That blow-out device that could have prevented this…BP had it removed from the contract because it was an expensive piece of equipment that obviously wasn’t needed as drilling was so safe.

    I’d really like to talk to the idiot agreed to let them remove that clause from the contract.

  • Michael Canty June 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    The article alludes to one thing I’ve been consistently saying. Boycotts won’t hurt BP, they don’t care. To hurt BP, hurt the shareholders. When a shareholder feels pain, a corporation finally feels pain….. Go after the 1 thing the article mentioned as being a corporate strategy (to protect shareholder value)…….

  • Bob S June 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Money quote:

    “Excuse me, which country is the biggest oil consumer on the planet? Who refused to do anything about climate change, or even to put sensible taxes on gas? Heck, your president even flies around in a 747 when a modest Gulfstream jet would get him there just as fast. So of course the oil companies have to drill in more and more dangerous places. If you insist on being addicted to cheap oil, you have to recognize there are risks attached. So grow up, and stop acting like children.”

    He doesn’t mention the breakdown of the regulatory environment and those oil lobbyists boinking MMR officials for favors.

  • Bill Muldoon June 8, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I posted a version of this in the pnj last week…

    I have had a very sad realization…we are all responsible for this catastrophe. Every time we get into our cars and turn the key, every time we purchase cheap plastic products, every time we purchase a plane ticket, every time we free a nation of tyranny we increase the demand for hydrocarbons.

    We are hydrocarbon junkies and the oil companies are the dealers. In the end we will have to enter rehab or die a horrible, slow, junkie death. Time to re-evaluate our priorities?

    BP will disappear for all practical purposes but some other ‘dealer’ will fill the supply gap. And if we continue to demand an endless flow of oil, the world consumes ~100 million barrels per day!, accidents like this will happen because that is the way our world goes and so it goes…


  • tijuana cook June 8, 2010 at 10:30 am

    wow. this guy can take a hike himself! we are allowed to be upset with a company whose criminal negligence cost LIVES!