Worldwide BP Protest Day vilifies BP for Gulf oil spill
Boycotts and protests against BP gas stations could hurt the wrong people. But public anger over the Gulf oil spill can no longer be contained, worsening the oil giant’s prospects for survival.
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BP’s value has dropped 40 percent since the explosion 50 miles off Venice, La. The mile-deep runaway well has become a poignant symbol of a familiar story in recent years: corporate short-cutting in search of profits and cozy relationships between the regulators and the regulated. For many, the BP oil spill has also become a dark analogy for a company – and a country – that grew complacent about the unknown risks of deepwater drilling.Skip to next paragraph
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“What’s most stunning and most depressing about this disaster is that BP management, from Tony Hayward on down, did not understand the risks that their company was taking with this well.” says Robert Bryce, author of “Power Hungry: The myths of ‘green’ energy and the real fuels for the future.”
At the same time, he adds, “Yes, the pressure on BP is ratcheting up, but remember this is an enormous company, the single biggest company in the UK, so I still have difficulty imagining a scenario where BP disappears.”
Congress, federal regulators, other rig contractors, and even the American people, share some blame for the Deepwater Horizon disaster. But by taking full responsibility for capping the well and cleaning up the remnants of the runaway geyser – an oath made in writing to President Obama – BP cannot avoid its bull’s eye position in the sights of a horrified and angry public.
BP’s prevarications on the existence of underwater oil plumes and its low-ball well flow rates have all polled badly for the company, with more than two-thirds of Americans disapproving of its attempt to set things right in the Gulf.
“This is a disgrace! This company should not be in business anymore. Any person that supports this company should not consider themselves an American. STOP THE OIL LEAK NOW, BP!!” Tara Buchell writes on Public Citizen’s boycott page, where 21,000 people have signed a petition vowing to not pump BP gas or shop in its stores for 3 months.
Over at the Worldwide BP Protest Day Facebook page, some of the participants started reporting in on Saturday morning.
“Madrid Protest accomplished,” wrote Stepanie Menina Rowan. “We stood out in the pouring rain. Due to weather not many supporters came but we still stood strong and united for the betterment of the earth. Good luck everyone!”