Saturday, June 12, 2010

BP digging a deeper hole for itself

First it was Tony-Tiny Hayward who said that the leak in the Gulf of Mexico was tiny compared to the vast ocean. Sure Tony-Tiny or with Tiny brain. Now it is British politicians who are speaking out for BP that Americans and the Obama administration is too harsh on BP. Hello! 11 people died on the first day of the explosion and a huge ecosystem is in ruins as dirty oil keeps spewing out from the broken pipe, maybe over 100,000 barrels per day. And thousands of fishermen are out of luck and out of a job; the same goes for tourism and the entertainment industry which depends on tourism. Now these politicians have put their foot in their mouth.

It sounds like British colonialism all over again. BP and Tony Hayward are their little satellites sent around the world to keep their subjects under control. How much more insensitive and ridiculous will they get? Maybe the crudeness of the British could be attributed to all that crude oil they're covered with – now it turns out that BP is going to sell the crude it manages to recover. Profits and greed shall rule the world.

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  1. The Bhopal disaster or Bhopal Gas Tragedy was an industrial catastrophe that occurred on the night of December 3, 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), which is now a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company. There was a leak of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas and other toxins from the plant, resulting in the exposure of over 500,000 people. The official immediate death toll was 2,259 and the government of Madhya Pradesh has confirmed a total of 3,787 deaths related to the gas release. Others estimate that 8,000 died within the first weeks and that another 8,000 have since died from gas-related diseases.
    Some 25 years after the gas leak, 390 tons of toxic chemicals abandoned at the UCIL plant continue to leak and pollute the groundwater in the region and affect thousands of Bhopal residents who depend on it. Over two decades since the tragedy, certain civil and criminal cases remain pending in the United States District Court, Manhattan and the District Court of Bhopal, India, against Union Carbide, (now owned by Dow Chemical Company), with an Indian arrest warrant also pending against Warren Anderson, CEO of Union Carbide at the time of the disaster.

  2. David, thank you for your comment. I read about Bhopal industrial catastrophe and felt horrorified. All these corporations worry about is profits. Human lives are secondary to them.