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Op-Ed: British Petroleum and American ‘bloodlust’

By Lynn Herrmann     Jun 12, 2010 in Environment
As if BP’s insatiable desire to ruin the planet weren’t enough, we now get to read about America’s “bloodlust” attitude toward the oil giant, regardless of the fact that we are now facing the greatest assault on the food chain ever known.
The Guardian has raised the level of irresponsible journalism to a new level with an article by Andrew Clark suggesting we all take a deep breath, stand back and reassess our “bloodlust” currently directed toward a foreign-based oil company that has chosen the Gulf of Mexico as its battlefield against life.
Clark accuses "catch-all protest coalitions" such as the Boycott BP group for egging on anti-BP sentiment. In the same paragraph he notes BP CEO Tony Hayward's wife and children are "under police protection following threats." He does not provide a link.
Noting the “unproven” allegations against BP for inferior work on the Deepwater Horizon rig, Clark asks us to “know for sure before we become not only judges but executioners.” As if we could be so lucky to be the executioners.
Clark also notes that 40 percent of BP shares are held in the UK and an almost equal 39 percent held by American investors, but the absurdity escalates when he notes BP’s demise will result in damaged “pension funds” and “wipe out savings on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Therein lies the rub. One has to wonder if he's ever hear of Enron. Or rising property taxes. How about decreased home values? Bankruptcies? Foreclosures? Unemployment? How about the American state of financial ruin, in general?
Anyone aware of BP’s track record who then decides to park their money in hands of a known murderer and environmental polluter is A) sleepwalking or B) deserving of wiped out savings.
Clark also points out that before the British-based oil polluter became America’s, if not the planet’s, “worst oil spiller,” it was Exxon Mobile. Before US astronauts landed on the moon, it was presumed to be made of cheese. At the very least, cows jumped over it.
Perhaps Clark fails to see the big picture. That being many Americans outraged over the world’s greatest environmental disaster are equally pissed at not only BP, but the American government and the corporation in general.
He closes his article by noting everyone is granted due process, even the oil industry. So too, one would like to believe, do the dead sea turtles, dolphins, pelicans and all combined elements of the food chain that BP wishes we couldn’t see. Or report about.
It’s a safe bet to say that were the oil disaster in the UK’s backyard, he would be chirping a different tune. At the very least, reconsidering his investment portfolio.
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