Friday, June 18, 2010

BP CEO Tony Hayward Hearings in Four Minutes

Here's a video of BP's CEO Tony Hayward testifying before congress boiled down to four minutes. It's all you need to know to understand why people in the U.S.A. are angry with Hayward short of reading all my oil posts. This video comes courtesy of Huffington Post, where you can read the associated story, "The Man Who Wasn't There."
...if I was the CEO of a major oil company (and was asked) ... "Pardon me, hello. We, the representatives of the American taxpayers just would like to know how it came to pass that your oil is now, well ... what's the word I'm looking for? Oh! Yes! KILLING AMERICA," I could just sit back and tell everyone that despite the fact that I am the CEO of the company involved, and thus theoretically in charge, that I actually have no idea whatsoever about any of the decisions or processes or conversations that took place.
From the New York Times:
WASHINGTON — On the 58th day, an outraged nation summoned the man it holds responsible for one of the worst environmental disasters in American history. ... Sitting there, alone, with a microphone pointed at his face like a long finger of accusation, the oil titan looked so small — diminished, it seemed, by the immensity of the environmental, economic and social damage done. ... "I am deeply sorry," he said. ... “I’m not a cement engineer, I’m afraid,” he said.
Read more at NYT.

Ben Caw produced the four-minute Hayward video for HuffPo.

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