1. 'Putting the boot on the neck of BP and demanding they don't pay dividends' is a great soundbite, but will never happen. The reason it will never happen is because in practice you'll be taking money away from Pension Plans both sides of the Atlantic. BP Sucks, Let's Starve Grandma - doesn't quite have such a palatable ring to it.
2. This is undoubtably a tragedy, and we in the UK are concerned about it. I heard that the slick would reach around most of the South Coast of Britain, so believe me the scale is not being downplayed.
3. Fact is, when problems are fresh, you need to point the finger at someone, rightly or wrongly. Depending on the situation it could be immigrants, a Leader, a company, or a different nation.
4. While yes, in my view BP should take overall responsibility, the snowballing of this story by the press & some spectating senators and the insinuation that BP has been dragging their feet is laughable. Afterall:
Originally Posted by timAHH
Do you really believe that? You think they like having their liquid gold spilling into the gulf?
I read that the Deepwater Horizon was being leased by TransOcean for nigh on $500,000 a day
. Now is it me or is that a ridiculous amount of money? But hey! that's the oil industry I guess.
Something tells me that only a small number of deeply insecure people will be reassured by a senator trying to score points: "If it's in a British accent, said by British Petroleum, it's a lie" Can I stop whooping & Cheering now?
Personal Opinion Follows:
Man, Big business is scary stuff. Seems a lack of enforced regulations & checks played a part in this disaster. If checks and govt controls were tighter maybe this could've been caught, or pushed the onus onto companies to behave more responsibility.
Ultimately the onus is on BP though. Let's hope lessons are learnt, this time at least
. Businesses need to be more responsible & concerned with safety, and we all know it will take governments to force them to do it.Edited by AntiTalent - 6/11/10 at 9:56am