Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Oh yeah, that investigation of BP

A right wingnut asked why I didn't have a post about the "independent" inquiry that "cleared" BP of misconduct in the Gulf Coast oil spill. Was I embarrassed, he asked?

Err, no. More like just smiling and nodding knowingly, because it was clear from the beginning that the government was going to do their best to cover up BP’s liability, starting from the fact that they actively hindered researchers from gathering information that could have independently established the extent of the oil flow, to their statements in the media that basically gave BP atta-boys for their response to the oil spill. So this “independent enquiry” (which had no subpoena power and no ability to, like, actually question the crewmembers on the drillrig or examine the real physical evidence) is just more of the same, just another sop to throw the rubes so that the American public won’t try to make mean old BP pay for destroying the ecology of the U.S. Gulf Coast for the next 20 years. You’ll note that I don’t post every morning about the Sun rising above the horizon either… I mean, why post about the obvious and predictable, duh?

So anyhow, there ya have it. Sun rose in the East this morning. Government released another whitewash report trying to hide corporate misconduct today. Yawwnnnnn... bore-ing!

-- Badtux the Snarky Penguin


  1. 20 years is wildly optimistic.

    What we got out of the BP event is that a few people started looking at Prince Edward Sound, which is nowhere near to having recover from the Exxon Valdez spill.


  2. Jazz, there is a significant difference between the biology of the warm and sunny Gulf Coast and the biology of frigid Prince Edward Sound. Every biological process that has sun or heat as an input moves four times faster on the Gulf coast. Thus my "20 years" estimate. Which is still a damned long time if you were a fisherman or shrimper who *used* to make your living out of the Gulf...

    - Badtux the Warm-blooded Penguin


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