Speaking at trade association supported by BP, Gov. Perry claims rig disaster is an ˜act of God

Monday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is funded by dues-paying corporations like BP and Halliburton, hosted a “Free Enterprise” conference to push deregulation and anti-tax policies.  TP’s Lee Fang has the story of the Texas governors inane remarks in this repost.

During a press availability after the morning session, a reporter raised the point that the oil rig disaster, the Massey mine disaster, and the overall financial crisis seemed to have all occurred as a result of too much free enterprise and not enough regulations. Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), one of several governors in attendance, lashed out at the reporter and said regulations would not have prevented the economic collapse.

Later in his response, Perry said he feared a “knee-jerk reaction” to the oil spill, and said the oil spill could be just another “act of God that cannot be prevented“:

“We don’t know what the event that has allowed for this massive oil to be released,” Perry said alongside several other governors on a panel Monday. “And until we know that, I hope we don’t see a knee-jerk reaction across this country that says we’re going to shut down drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, because the cost to this country will be staggering.” Perry questioned whether the spill was “just an act of God that occurred” and said that any “politically driven” decisions could put the U.S. in further economic peril. “From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented,” Perry said.

As Climate Progress’ Joe Romm has noted, BP cut corners by violating numerous safety regulations and refused to install “a remote-control shutoff switch that two other major oil producers, Norway and Brazil, require.” In fact, the Chamber, which is one of BP’s many trade associations and lobbying fronts, has worked aggressively to oppose regulations and fight for more offshore oil drilling.

“Project No Project,” a lobbying initiative of the Chamber, fights environmental and safety regulations as job killing “red tape.” Project No Project has attacked environmental and safety concerns levied against BP’s proposed liquefied natural gas plant on Pelican Island, near Galveston, Texas.


15 Responses to Speaking at trade association supported by BP, Gov. Perry claims rig disaster is an ˜act of God

  1. catman306 says:

    Rick Perry is right. This oil platform disaster is an act of the corporate god of greed, Mammon.

  2. Bruce says:

    So God, too, was in on the “liberal conspiracy” to blow up the rig, as discovered by Rush Limbaugh? Does that mean God is a liberal?

    The whole point of engineering is to be prepared for acts of God.

  3. Keith says:

    deregulation…when it was your deregulation and trust-me-i’m-a-corporation beliefs that have resulted in oil pouring into the Gulf. I KNOW the “liberal” MSM will strongly condemn this continuing deregulation nonsense, right?!?

  4. PSU Grad says:

    I can’t believe none of the “reporters” (are there any true reporters left today?) challenged the “act of God” comment. What role, exactly, did God have to play in this incident? Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, OK, maybe. But an oil rig explosion and subsequent release of millions of gallons of oil? Is that in the same league as plagues and locusts?

    Gov. Perry, some of us do attend church on a regular basis. Stop insulting us and our God.

  5. Sumner says:

    When things start getting really bad (extreme weather events, etc.), more and more of this (the turn to religion) will happen.

    Sometimes I think the crazies disregard climate science because it will bring about “the apocalypse,” and they don’t want to wait any longer!

  6. David Smith says:

    It seems to me, that this comes from the same place as, God wants me to blow up the infidel. (The shameless invoking of God to promote ones corruption and spread ones power, or in this case, to save ones ass.)

  7. Jeff Huggins says:

    1615 H Street NW

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is headquartered in a very nice building at 1615 H Street NW, right across a very small park from (and within eyesight of) The White House.

    This makes them very easy to visit while in Washington: As you go to see The White House, just walk across the nice park and say “hello” to the COC. Don’t forget to express your views (in civil and responsible ways, of course) while you are there.

    I have completely, entirely lost my respect for the U.S. COC. And I’ve spent most of my career within the business community. I’ll say the following only to make a point (to the COC): When a Baker Scholar from Harvard, a former McKinsey consultant, a former Disney executive, and a former research engineer at Chevron, is quite confident and distressed that you (COC) are being entirely irresponsible in your approach to the climate change problem (not to mention the much more expert scientists such as the IPCC and Hansen and etc., and not to mention the much more prominent business leaders such as those from GE, PG&E, Apple, and etc. etc. etc.), then it’s very likely that there’s something wrong with that approach. Something obviously wrong. And, you can’t dismiss people who actually care about the world, and about future human generations, and about other species, as being “merely environmentalists” as you do. EVERY HUMAN should be an environmentalist to a healthy degree.

    Anyhow, in my view, people should stop by to express their views to the U.S. COC when in Washington. It’s easy and very close to The White House.



  8. David Smith says:

    There should be discussion about the contradiction in the use of the word conservative by a certain group who, when it comes to the environment, advance a policy of rape and pilliage… take no prisoners. In fact in this regard they are the anti-conservatives, who envision a world of top-down, authoritarian facism blended with plausible deniability and avoidance of accountability. Their main tool is negative emotional manipulation. There goal is maximizing profit at any cost.

    They represent the worst of free enterprise and capitalism.

    Social conservative, fiscal conservative, environmental anarcists. (recently they blew it on the fiscal conservative, as well.)

  9. This report sounds like it came from the Onion, but alas it didn’t.

  10. TomG says:

    I expected a whole bunch of finger pointing, but Perry has just taken the prize for taking it to the extreme.
    Looks like the good Governor is willing to insult God to follow the party line.
    That just might not be a good thing to do…

  11. David Smith says:

    Heres a metaphor;

    A terrorist group gets the launch-codes for a nuclear missle and manages to launch it at an American city. The deniers advice would be not to worry, the guys who built it were incompetent. There are tens of thousands of these warheads, it will probably mis-fire. Its probably not even a real nuclear warhead. Etc…

  12. mike roddy says:

    Please secede, Texas. We’ll even send you marinated cow brains and igs feet as going away preents.

  13. Andy says:

    Hey, Perry only got 39% of the vote.

  14. Richard Brenne says:

    Talk about a knee-jerk! I’d like to knee-jerk Perry off the tallest oil platform – but then his hair would create an infinitely larger oil slick.

    By the way, that’s the new name for every pro-oil person: Oil Slick.

  15. Chris Winter says:

    We know what “deregulation” means in the human body: Cancer.

    We know what it means in society: riots, looting.

    We know what deregulation means in the financial world: unsound investments, pushed to the limit.

    We know what it means in politics. Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff and their cronies reminded us not long ago.

    And we know what it means in resource extraction: Corner-cutting condoned, which blows up in the faces of the corporations that permit it. The examples are too numerous to list; but two recent and very similar ones are the methane explosions in the Scotia and Upper Big Branch mines.

    And here’s the thing, Governor Perry. These regulations you oppose are far more likely to prevent the “economic peril” you decry that what you propose.