What I Want From British Petroleum

I’ve been away for far too long and this has been on my mind forever. I am so pissed off at BP that words cannot begin to express it. I watched the 60 Minutes interview with one of the survivors from the BP oil rig. He stated BP knew in advance that the drilling was dangerous and unsafe.

I wasn’t able to see all of President Obama’s speech last night but I know he wants BP to set up some type of fund to help with clean up and the local economy. With that being said let me tell you what I want from British Petroleum.

I recall that Exxon was fined 500,000,000 dollars. I think BP’s fine should far outweigh Exxon’s fine and they should be forced to pay it. BP’s fine should include weekly paychecks for any and everyone who’s livelihood depends upon working in the Gulf of Mexico. This includes fishermen, restaurants employees, oil rig workers and more. BP should have to clean every inch of every mile of beach and also every drop of water in the gulf touched by the leaking oil.

Any resources our government has already used should be reimbursed. You know, I could go on listing all that I want, but basically what I want is the gulf returned to normal. I want people’s financial lives put back in order from Texas to Florida. I want half of BP’s profits for the next ten years to go into a fund to help the United States get out solar and wind power initiative off the drawing boards and into action.

I want this to never happen again. That is all.

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  1. #1 by manyabsurdities on June 17, 2010 - 2:03 AM

    Well said. And it’s unfortunate they’ve been shelving wind and solar power for so long. I mean, I know we have fields with those crazy white windmills dotting the landscape, and a handful of people run their houses on solar power, but there doesn’t seem to be anyone out there who’s making a huge effort to turn them into reliable energy sources for everyday use. Our dependence on and greed over oil has completely eclipsed our desires to make this planet a safer/healthier place to live. Sorry for the rant… but I do quite like your ideas. I wonder if, even if slightly idealistic, they would be possible? Do you think BP would give up half of their profits for a decade to alternative energy research and development? Just some things that have been floating around my brain :)

    • #2 by Tom Baker on October 8, 2010 - 8:36 PM

      There was one guy, Pickens I think. I used to see his commercials all the time. He used to be into oil and then became an conservationist. Solar only makes sense but once you have it, nobody can charge you for it. The love of money…

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