Now that the head of BP is getting hate mail and threatening phone calls, I think it’s time to put this into historical and economic perspective.
America – home of the free market economy. The same free market that is the cause of the debts of the country I live in, due to the absolute and total greed of western capitalism.
This capitalism is mainly funded by oil. This is the reason that the country I live in is paying huge sums of money to fight an unwinnable war, causing the deaths of thousands.
The oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico help to provide the enourmous volume of oil to keep American cars running on unbelievably cheap fuel, which is fine until one of the rigs explode leading to an unprecidented event.
I am no fan of the oil companies, but the hypocritical posturing of the American administration is breathtaking, sure give us all our cheap oil – at any cost to life and safety, but don’t fuck up.
Eleven people died on that rig, but have almost been forgotten.
BP are good enough to provide cheap fuel, and bad enough to be scapegoated. This is the price you pay for cheap fuel. Perhaps it would be best not to drill for it at that particular location, as oil and wildlife don’t get on.
If an American company caused an oil spill in another country, what would happen?
It took twelve years for Amoco to pay the French government $120 million for the $250 million the spill actually cost, bearing in mind the value of one tankerload of oil in 1978 was $40 million.
Ironically, BP own Amoco now.
When laid down in the United States in 1959, it had a capacity of 60,000 tons but the ship was enlarged in Japan to 120,000 tons capacity. At the time of the accident it was registered in Liberia and owned by Barracuda Tanker Corporation, a subsidiary of Union Oil Company of California but chartered to British Petroleum.
Some 50 miles (80 km) of French and 120 miles (190 km) of Cornish coast were contaminated. Around 15,000 sea birds were killed, along with huge numbers of marine organisms, including all fish within a 75 mile radius before the 270 square miles (700 km2) slick dispersed.
But we still didn’t burn American flags or harass people.