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The Final Lesson of BP

Environment  (tags: animals, climate-change, destruction, ecosystems, endangered, environment, gulf of mexico, habitatdestruction, nature, oceans, oil, politics, pollution, protection, science, Sustainabililty, water, wildlife )

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BP's second-quarter report showed surprisingly strong revenues of $75.9 billion, beating Wall Street's estimates. (This includes a $32.2 billion writedown along with the $20 billion liability fund that the Obama Administration wanted.)


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Thursday July 29, 2010, 4:14 pm
Sick bastards still making money! >:(

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday July 29, 2010, 5:39 pm
Well they've certainly learned from Bu$h-Leaguers how to Fail UP!;)

Deborah O (98)
Thursday July 29, 2010, 5:59 pm
Oh, I doubt we've heard the final lesson. I doubt there is a final lesson. And so far, the people handing out the lessons have been grading on the curve.

Anne F (17)
Thursday July 29, 2010, 11:21 pm
not final yet

Daniel Meritt (22)
Friday July 30, 2010, 1:50 am
The cap on damages private parties can collect from oil companies is unjust. There should be no cap if the company doesn't go bankrupt. Therefore the $20 billion isn't enough for the liability fund. The fair thing for B.P. to do would be to pay for ALL damages, including private parties, other companies, and do whatever is possible to undo the damage to the environment. Then i would be happy to see B.P. have a strong revenue, because that means its capable of paying back the victims. Personally, i'm not buying fuel directly from B.P. until i'm convinced that what they're doing is fair.

Jon T (59)
Friday July 30, 2010, 2:20 am
Some good points in the link but quoting the earnings figure is a bit misleading. BP made a record $17bn (11bn) loss in the 2nd quarter due to the money set aside to cover the costs of the spill. They also say the cost may be higher. No excuse for what happened but misleading all the same.

Monica D (580)
Friday July 30, 2010, 3:23 am
I agree with others here - I think that there are no final lessons. The world changes and everyone keeps learning, hopefully.

JustaHuman Here (53)
Friday July 30, 2010, 4:56 am
I see that you people still do not understand anything about what happened. Go on and concentrate on BP. This is going to make some people happy.

Terry B (649)
Friday July 30, 2010, 5:20 am
Exxon again posted record profits as well but still hasn't paid the fisherman in Valdez, Alaska after a quarter centruy.

Bonnie A (76)
Friday July 30, 2010, 5:35 am
Noted! The only lessons learned were how to scam more out of the government and the people!

Lynn Allen (0)
Friday July 30, 2010, 5:56 am
I'm not a communist or even a socialist, but BP is the best argument against capitalism I can hold up for example. Their portrait is one of a company that is morally bankrupt, concerned only with profits, and perfectly willing to kill to get them. Their stockholders mirror this outlook or BP would be sitting in their boardroom today with not one thin dime.

Lynn Marie M (22)
Friday July 30, 2010, 6:59 am

Rebecca M (1)
Friday July 30, 2010, 7:19 am
I was going to make a comment about eliminating dependence on oil from any source, since this could have been any company (has been and will be again) -- but, hey, like the rest of you I'm using a computer. I wish I could say I'll just stop now, but the truth is I won't and neither will you. To eliminate problems like this, we would have to make life altering changes across the globe. Idealists have tried this on many occasions and failed. I'm not saying we should stop trying, I'm just saying it is a major undertaking and focusing on one problem, one company, won't make much of a difference, if any.

Kit B (276)
Friday July 30, 2010, 8:04 am
I think the point is obvious, feck us and life for mega-multi-national corporations will gone on as normal. Take them down one company at a time. Think for yourself and beyond what the TV says. Is this what you want for this planet? Do you really believe there isn't a better way?

Arielle S (313)
Friday July 30, 2010, 8:06 am
You have an excellent point, Rebecca - few of us want to give up the things that are important to us. BUT... if we all made minor changes, it could make a difference. Recycling, Reusing, Repurposing, etc. And the biggest change of all - get rid of the senators and reps who think big oil is more important than we are.

Kit B (276)
Friday July 30, 2010, 8:49 am
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Well said, Arielle, just a little daily effort and we begin the process of "greening" our world. I wonder how many people dump their trash in the living room? Yet, we think little or nothing about where that trash goes or what happens to the earth or water the recieves all that trash.

mr Crowley (23)
Friday July 30, 2010, 9:54 am
glad the spill didn't hurt them much. off to new shores!

/sarcasm off

Past Member (0)
Friday July 30, 2010, 11:35 am
Thank you for sharing!

Juan Pablo d (5)
Friday July 30, 2010, 12:43 pm
How? Why?

patricia lasek (317)
Friday July 30, 2010, 12:45 pm
Glad to hear BP isn't hurting as much as the people who live around the Gulf. Yeah, Right!

Toni C (508)
Friday July 30, 2010, 12:49 pm
How hard can you punch someone like BP without them landing on their feet and come out smelling like a rose???

diane n. (6)
Friday July 30, 2010, 1:05 pm

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Friday July 30, 2010, 1:11 pm

Friday July 30, 2010, 1:12 pm
Noted....BP like any other corporation will always survive....they don't give a damn about people, the environment, etc. etc. just themselves. They laugh at us because in the end they know that they will have nothing to lose because "we the people" will continue to support them.

Maryl R (1)
Friday July 30, 2010, 1:42 pm

Julie F (68)
Friday July 30, 2010, 3:26 pm
I don't understand how they can

Teresa K (33)
Friday July 30, 2010, 4:18 pm
That final lesson is still waiting to bite us in the buts down the road.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday July 30, 2010, 4:21 pm
Thanks Kit. I agree with Teresa K.

Ron Avila (20)
Friday July 30, 2010, 5:31 pm
since corporations are treated as people I say they should also be eligible for the death penalty.

Carol L. (0)
Friday July 30, 2010, 5:47 pm
we must make environmental penalties serve as behavior modifiers, not simply a small cost of doing business

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday July 30, 2010, 6:48 pm
Noted , thanks !

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Friday July 30, 2010, 7:34 pm
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Judith Meek (0)
Friday July 30, 2010, 8:43 pm
Personally, I think BP needs to be totally crushed out of existence. I believe the US government should have seized all of BP's assets in the beginning and put them into trust for the people of the Gulf Coast as well as the rehabilitation of the ecosystem.

suzanne s (10)
Friday July 30, 2010, 8:54 pm
it surely is A lesson, but we won't be learning the last lesson on this for years to come.

Jeannette A (137)
Friday July 30, 2010, 9:10 pm
Noted... we want this company financially solid to make sure that they can pay their debts to those they so grievously harmed.

suzanne s (10)
Friday July 30, 2010, 9:20 pm
jeannette: no, we should seize their assets: try looking at or their page on facebook.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 30, 2010, 10:58 pm
Thanks, Kit.

R T (14)
Saturday July 31, 2010, 1:12 am
Lets be reasonable. Why did this oily mess happen? The answer to that is simple and is what you are all trying to avoid facing so lets blame BP. No the reason this happened is because BP were doing what we the public want them to do, supply us with gasoline/oil, after all that is there business just as any other oil company. Why aren't we baying for the blood of the other oil companies, not one has a clean record. Not so long ago another spill occurred the responsible oil company got away scott free. Why is that?

No its time we stopped hiding our own guilt and started taking constructive action to stop this happening in the future. As long as we are buying oil based products there will be a BP. We can close this one down and that will only create another, so lets get real. Look at the chain involved in the mess. BP was able to drill because Transocean thought they could build the platform that failed. BP could drill because the American Government said they could. So who is to blame. 1.American Govt 2.Transocean 3.BP

Who out there is prepared to make a difference and really contribute to stopping future disasters. Who out there is prepared to sell there car and buy a bicycle? What no takers! Oh! how stupid I am of course it would be too inconvenient. How would you get the kids to school? Oh yes I forgot you live to far from work. No public transport near my home. Sorry I will have to keep the thing that contributes most to the OIL companies pockets.

Hang on here's another opportunity, elections are coming up. Wonder who has the best track record. Lets find out. Who advertised the most? Who thu the best parties? Who made the most lavish promises to make my life easier? Who did my Daddy vote for twenty years ago? Thats who must be the best candidate.

Wake up people this latest oil disaster is a wake up call for us to get off our buts and start making a difference, closing BP will not stop future disasters, it will only create another oil giant who will probably do more damage than BP.

Next election, vote with your brain. Vote for the candidate not the party.
Before you turn the ignition on your fuel guzzler ask your self. Is this trip really neccessary? Turn the car aircon off,it can save you around 10% of fuel.
Look around you every day and keep asking yourself what you can change to make a difference. Do I need that light on? Do I really need the air conditioning?

We are the problem and we CAN make a difference. Let's look forward and move forward to a greener life style.

Lets make a difference, give love, understanding and tolerance, Plant a Tree.

Anna M (18)
Saturday July 31, 2010, 5:18 am
There is no "final" when it comes to the consequences of oil use, it is forever in our ecosystem now.
Wise words, Robin T. American apathy and modern convenience will be the death of this nation. We are letting the short-term ambitions of The Corporations and our own laziness become the long-term demise of Humanity. Unfairly, we are taking down the majority of the other earthly denizens with us. I am guilty of it too, but now modify my choices everyday to make as little impact as possible.

Saturday July 31, 2010, 10:04 am
It seems that BP has enough money left to give Hayward a severance pay of 14 million euro,did he have not money enough yet,we dont know what BP more kept secret for us,but Wikileak can do something about it.

Thanks for sharing Kit

Linda Rochon (5)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 1:18 pm
There is not enough money in the whole world to replace all the sea life that all of this is going to destroy...all the mico organisims all life... Thats what I don't hear ..all I hear about is the money....
I know we all need it to get by..and my heart goes out to all those who have lost thier livlihood because of the oil leak...
And what is this "Oil Spill" ... It is not a spill...It is a leak....
And It is real hard for me to watch the TV commericals... They make it sound like they are doing something wonderful and great for all... Just makes me more upset....They are doing everything they can to clean it up ...Funny I see all kinds of footage of the Oil... and there is no one around ..except the poor birds and wildlife that is dying right in front of the camera and no one is there to save the poor animals....
All of the Oil Disasters in the world are going to be the End Of life as We have been used to ......
All this just Saddens me So.....

Salome Waters (31)
Monday August 2, 2010, 12:47 am
All this doesn't matter anymore. Ocean acidification is severe enough that unless we change our ways COMPLETELY by 2014 you can bet that mammals will walk the world no longer and the seas will be full only of jellyfish. And so it goes.
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