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  •  I heard it too...fingers & toes crossed :) (11+ / 0-)

    "Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle." -Helen Keller

    by ridemybike on Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 12:33:22 PM PDT

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    •  Brinkley said so (9+ / 0-)

      and he cited a few Nature Acts that BP had violated, that I am assuming would give the WH lawyers justification for forcing BP's hand.

      It is also worthy of note that having BP go out of business isn't in the main focus. If BP cleans up it's act and helps clean up, in the end it will be good for their business.

      •  Rehabilitation not retribution (9+ / 0-)

        It is also worthy of note that having BP go out of business isn't in the main focus. If BP cleans up it's act and helps clean up, in the end it will be good for their business.

        Rehabilitation is more effective than retribution. It's interesting to note that in the same time period that BP racked up more than 700 safety violations, Exxon had 1. They have apparently apparently learned since the Exxon Valdez disaster how to be a better corporate citizen or at least as good as a global resource-depleting entity can be.

        •  Exactly (7+ / 0-)

          My neighbor is an old oil rigger. He was somewhat defensive after the BP screw up saying that he worked for Exxon and that Exxon would never have drilled that deep because of the high pressure on the equipment. He said there were several times that Exxon said no, because of safety hazards.

          The point being that since we do need and use oil, we should harvest it as safely as possible.

          Further other oil companies are super pissed at BP. Because of BP's screw ups the whole industry suffers.

          •  Can you imagine being those guys (4+ / 0-)

            That handful of guys who made the decision, and the guy who went down to the rig to force the workers, to continue in the face of clear dangers signs, because the company was unhappy about the delays and cost overruns.

          •  Waaaaaaaa! (1+ / 0-)
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            The best thing for this planet and all the animals and plants that live on it is for the oil companies to suffer.

            Save the parrots: Drink shade-grown coffee!

            by oscarsmom on Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 02:58:39 PM PDT

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          •  Nobody wins (4+ / 0-)
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            Further other oil companies are super pissed at BP. Because of BP's screw ups the whole industry suffers.

            It is in the interest of every oil company to lend any expertise they can to BP, because as BP's fortunes in deepwater drilling goes, so go there's. The public has abruptly changed their view of offshore deepwater drilling safety since the April 20 BP explosion. Soon they'll want heavier regulation of shallow water drilling. Enlightened self-interest out to motivate anyone--from the drill, baby, drill shills to the oil companies--to offer to clean this mess up.

            When George Bush was running for office the public was generally open to the idea of tying Social Security to the stock market.

            Then the stock market with south and with the help of the Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual toxic spill on the entire market, such an idea could never begin to get traction.

            The oil companies need to talk to the financial companies to find out quick the public will come after you with pitchforks.

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