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BP CEO Tony Hayward thinks environmental impact will be 'modest'

By Ann Telnaes  |  May 24, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Environment  
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The oil business has always been full of people who are apathetic toward nature, so don't expect that general attitude to change.

The ultimate problem is human population growth (75,000,000+ per year, currently) and the expectation that nature "must" pony up endless supplies of resources to coddle more growth.

People should stop acting entitled to endless increases in material wealth, which have been financed by finite capital in the form of oil & coal. It seems the economic mess is already being forgotten, as people return to their gluttonous ways.

All you hear is growth this, growth that, but growth is the sickness, not the cure. We deride a person who keeps getting fatter, so why praise an economic system that always seeks to expand? The planet is finite and so must be the economy. But many people think they're above being frugal.

Drill, baby, drill, because it feels good in the moment; that's half of America speaking. And let's not forget the mantra of endless job-creation. Jobs = goodness no matter what. Let's build more nuclear weapons factories while we're on a pillaging roll. Jobs, jobs, jobs. Nature doesn't matter.

I'll spare you the famous quote by Pogo about the real enemy we face, but it's not Tony Hayward.

Posted by: Jim916 | May 27, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Did his lawyers actually have him say this? Fire the CEO and the lawyers as well!

Posted by: meldupree | May 25, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

It's not his coastline. It's not jobs lost in his country.

Posted by: fastpass | May 24, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Everyone needs to realize that we are turning our planet into a wasteland with our reliance on coal and oil for energy. We could've been working on changes for the last 40 years, but politicians only care about the next 4 years and CEOs only care about next quarters financial statement, so there has never been an incentive to do what's going to be best for our planet 50 years from now. If we don't start looking at the long term effects of what we're doing pretty soon, we're going to cause mass extinctions of wildlife and eventually of ourselves.

Posted by: elizabettac123 | May 24, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

BP CEO Tony Hayward should be stripped naked and thrown into the gulf to marinade in his oil until the spill is stopped AND cleaned up. By day 2 when his skin was peeling off, he could see how the marine wildlife and birds like it, and he might change his tune about the damage being so "modest".

Posted by: elizabettac123 | May 24, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

It all started with the Cheney/Bush energy wedding in 2005, and has continued unchanged even now.
Don't worry . . . recovery of coastal and ocean damage for Valdez and the Gulf of Mexico will require THREE GENERATIONS!

Posted by: lufrank1 | May 24, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Boycott BP gas dealers. Sure it's a naive, simplistic response that doesn't really get to the root of the problem.

But maybe someone will finally get the message we're not putting up with any more of this.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | May 24, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Proper job Ann,
Your animated cartoon is impressive.
The question is; will nature and us survive the sociopathic and greedy CEO's that prevail these days? Noblesse oblige is dead and the will of the people is ignored. The justice system favors the rich and powerful and the government is corrupt. Profits trump nature and life.
May God have mercy on our souls.

Posted by: OchamsRazor | May 24, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

hamelinfish---Did not our own President just previous to this accident announce his support for new offshore wells along the Carolina Coast. If some type of sabotage played a factor in this catastrophe taking place would you still be applying the blame on those that you mentioned here? How much petroleum use is applied in your own life? How much petroleum played a role to allow you to make that comment?

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | May 24, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Just another example of corporate profit over principle! Cut corners, influence legislatures, legislation and public opinion. Corporations respond to their tragedies by, spinning the facts, minimizing its effects, denying or limiting responsibility, stalling or denying compensation, clean up and repair. Meanwhile we the citizens are stuck in the mess and forced to pay for years to come, financially, emotionally and physically. We the American citizens will not solve this problem by electing those in either party that are supported by the industrialist but electing those who truly are on the course or reform.

Posted by: MyVoice3 | May 24, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

The USA - One Crazy Place !
How's the Hopey - Changy thing working out ?

Get Glen Beck and the Fox Network people and the Wall Street Journal writers and the leaders of the GOP and the Bankers and the Tea Partiers and Mrs Drill Baby Drill down there in and around the Gulf with a boat and a brush and a shovel to clean up the beaches and the wetlands, with mild detergent for the oily birds.
Jail is too good for those people who have dismantled the state until everything about public safety is irrelevant.

Posted by: hamelinfish | May 24, 2010 5:04 AM | Report abuse

Tony Hayward is a twit, a nitwit, a ninny and a fop.

Posted by: iseasygoing | May 24, 2010 3:28 AM | Report abuse

Typical corporate spokesman. The largest oil spill in history will obviously not have a modest affect on the environment.

How can a crew who had previously drilled the deepest well in History and had a perfect safety record for seven years straight make so many serious mistakes in just a short period of time? It was like someone was controlling their minds to make these mistakes and overlook the series of errors that took place. There is definitely more to the cause of this accident than meets the eye or will ever be reported to the World.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | May 24, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

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