If BP Oil behaves like any good old red blooded greedy oil company like Exxon, then they will drag any litigation and delay any claims until it is absolutely imperative that they surrender any of their obscene profits. We have seen this happen before with Exxon and it is just recently that some of these claims are being paid decades after the Exxon Valdez incident.
What is worse is that they will be taking some of these cases to oil-friendly courts and the claimants will end up getting cents on the dollar. The clean up and restoration is going to go unpaid until we press them through legal action. And you know who is going to be stuck with all these bills? It is us, the tax payer who will be fronting all this money unless we either confiscate or freeze BP Oil’s assets.
To those who are still not convinced that fossil fuels have to be abandoned and other alternative sources of energy sought, I say just look at the mess this has created…and then ask yourself if it is really worth destroying the Gulf of Mexico for a few million barrels that are but a drop in the bucket needed to satisfy our thirst for the crude.
We have found out, and I am one who was fooled by BP that they made such a big deal out of their interest and development of alternative sources, they had me and millions convinced that they were really doing this in earnest and vigorously; only to find out that what they really had was very effective advertising campaigns to enhance the image of the corporation and give the impression that they were diversifying when in reality they were cutting corners and ignoring safety standards to save a few bucks.
Oh, yes, some Republicans are accusing President Obama of “shaking down” the 20 billion out of BP Oil “Chicago gangster style” and there have been some Republicans who have publicly apologized to BP for this. Can you imagine if President Obama would have had the audacity to hope to tighten the regulations on the oil companies and to suggest more thorough inspections before this Gulf BP disaster? I could see it now: Republicans and Tea Baggers alike would have been screaming their heads off at town hall meetings, saying that the President is interfering, that it is socialism of the worst kind to interfere with the kind and wonderful oil companies.
When President Obama came out for drilling offshore I thought for sure he was doing it to take away the Republican talking point of “drill, baby drill”. It was brilliant, I surmised. But our President is a bit more of a centrist than I want him to be. I really think that he believed what he was saying and that it would have been good for America in the short run.