Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dem. Thinks BP Looks Like Liar. Activists Call for BP Seizure

Seize BP Petition buttonI've read that people who worked on the Valdez oil spill also became ill, and so, I'm concerned about the people being hospitalized after working with BP oil disperstants used to clean up the Gulf of Mexico. WWL reports two more oil clean-up workers (local fisherman) have become ill, and that brings the total to nine.

The station also reports that BP is losing credibility.
At nearly every step since the Deepwater Horizon exploded ... BP PLC has downplayed the severity of the catastrophe ... "They keep making one mistake after another. That gives the impression that they're hiding things," said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat who has been critical of BP's reluctance to publicly release videos of the underwater gusher. "These guys either do not have any sense of accountability to the public or they are Neanderthals when it comes to public relations."
Yep. Just last night I posted that Stephen Colbert's satire about BP's ineptitude remains relevant after the top kill failure. People are getting more angry with each day the oil slick remains and oil continues to flow from the Deepwater Horizon accident.

Today in video from CBS Face the Nation, Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass, says he has no confidence in BP, doesn't think they know what they're doing, and perhaps the company is blatantly lying.

Flashing confidential documents from the company, he says BP misrepresented how much oil was flowing from the leak. This isn't really news except that a congressman is saying it. NPR and other news sources reported earlier this month that something was fishy about BP's oil flow reports. Markey says the "fine that can be assessed on the company is based on how much oil is leaking. He continues, saying clearly that the company has been "making things up" in his opinion, and calls actions "criminal."

Watch CBS News Videos Online

Reading the New Orleans Ladder, I discovered The blogger has the button in this post posted in the sidebar. The activists behind the petition say:
The government of the United States must seize BP and freeze its assets, and place those funds in trust to begin providing immediate relief to the working people throughout the Gulf states whose jobs, communities, homes and businesses are being harmed or destroyed by the criminally negligent actions of the CEO, Board of Directors and senior management of BP.
If the current administration agreed to do that, I'd be shocked. Despite what conservatives say, Obama is a moderate and pro-business. He's a bona fide capitalist. I watched him before he was elected in a private session with a social justice group that advocates for the poor, and I realized then that he's going to look at the bottom line always.

He'd consider whether a seizure would hurt the national economy more than it would help the fisherman and Louisiana's local economy. The man believes in compromise not extremes. That's his nature.

But I wish the government would go to the killing floor with BP on this oil spill. If they did, you know that the conservatives would show their true colors then on environmental issues and accuse Obama, as Rand Paul already has said, of being too hard on BP and big business. Paul said Obama was "unAmerican."

CNN has a story today about the conflict between the Federal Government and the oil giant.

Here's video from WWL about the sick fishermen.

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