July 22, 2010
Trust us. Or else!
BP has full page ads in a number of papers assuring us that they will clean up the mess they created in the Gulf. Or did they? They are negotiating with their "partners" over the percentages each should pay. If there is no agreement among the thieves you can bet they will soon stop paying into the victims' fund.
BP is signing up scientists as quickly as it can. To help local shrimpers? Hell no. To sign up all the talent so they cannot testify in court against BP.
The gas and oil industry currently has more than 600 lobbyists on the payroll; 430 of them have worked on the Hill in some capacity. Eighteen are former members of Congress.
The American Petroleum Institute--48 lobbyists. Money in politics? Rumor has it BP and its friends are prepared to drop $40-60 million dollars into the November elections.
So why all the fuss? Because the company is lying about its commitment to clean up just as it has lied about the size of the spill!
Six-hundred lobbyists. Do ya think they might persuade Congress to lift the moratorium? Is the Arctic safe?
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Sidenote. Up this way in WI, we have, every day now, a local BP station owner who has made a radio spot to thank the business community, his neighbors, (customers) for their business, or support: it sounds like the boycotts are hurting him. It was kind of sad, he mentions his family, but BP is who he works with. Boycotts are a real tool, in a system that often seems to lack tools for the little people. Why DOES BP dominate northern WI and the UP? I hope they do not have eyes on the lakes!
-bruce powell | antigo wi | July 22, 2010
If a bank is too big to fail, it is too damned big.
If a company is so big that it can afford to invest that much in lobbying it is too damned big and powerful.
We have seen enough of this to come to the obvious conclusion that these folks cannot be trusted yet our system of revolving door politics keeps letting it go on.
Nothing is going to change until the public fights back and the one weapon they understand is the almighty dollar.
Boycott as much as you are able, and let them know it. Too bad about the local quick stop owner. If you want to keep him going buy the milk but not the gas.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | Egg Harbor, WI | July 22, 2010