No doubt that you have seen the numerous TV Commercials that BP has been airing for more than two years. In the latest one, it shows great shots of the Gulf Coast and the spokesman boasts that BP has spent $23 Billion in the US–more than any other Corporation. I recall that several years ago, BP was found guilty for the On-Going Oil Gushing from one of the Deepwater Horizon Wells, in the Gulf of Mexico, in January of 2010. Also, eleven Oil Rig Employees lost their lives in that Tragedy.
Well, in that initial Case, BP agreed to pay $25 Billion for Oil Clean-Up and compensating business owners who lost their livelihood, among other things. Today, BP Plead Guilty for on-going Criminal Charges. The Washington Post has an article which discusses it, by Steven Mufson, “BP settles criminal charges for $4 billion in spill; supervisors indicted on manslaughter”, http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/bp-to-pay-billions-in-gulf-oil-spill-settlement/2012/11/15/ba0b783a-2f2e-11e2-9f50-0308e1e75445_story.html?hpid=z1
So, when they show blue skies, apparently clean water and beaches, I sure wish they would show the Bottom of the Gulf, where Oil Scum might be building-up. Or, how about the Wetlands? Fish and Game in the Region? Remember that the Wetlands, where tall grass grew and that held soil, which helped protect New Orleans and other Coastal Areas, had been initially devastated.
When I saw Ralph Reed on Sunday Morning Talk Shows before the Presidential Election, he reminded me of the way that BP is acting like nothing really happened. I couldn’t help but think of how his Accomplice, Jack Abramoff was convicted and sent to Prison. He was dropped from The Christian Coalition. An interesting article from Time Magazine, back on July 23, 2006, by James Carney, is appropriately titled “The Rise and Fall of Ralph Reed”, http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1218060,00.html.
To many Americans, the tremendous oil spill and loss of life, as well as the ensuing Economic and Environmental Damage, is not something to just say “Never Mind”. Just remember that the former Presidential Challenger, Mitt Romney, had vowed to open industry up and create jobs, by eliminating most corporate regulations. Well, in June of 2010, Texas Congressman, Joe Barton, also a Republican, apologized to the BP Chairman (at the time), for the Shake-Down. You can read more in an article from the NY Times, by Josh Vorhees, Texas Lawmaker Apologizes to BP CEO for ‘$20 Billion Shakedown’, http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/06/17/17greenwire-texas-lawmaker-apologizes-to-bp-ceo-for-20-bil-57728.html?pagewanted=print.