GOP Study Chairman: We don’t care about anybody but Big Oil
Who is more out of touch? Is it the Republican Study Committee, whose Chair says that the $20 billion escrow fund that Obama got BP to establish is nothing more than a “Chicago-Style Political Shakedown“?
Or is it BP Chair Carl-Henric Svanberg, who uttered these unforgettable words on tape after the White House meeting today:
“We care about the small people. I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies or greedy companies that don’t care, but that is not the case at BP. We care about the small people.”
We’re now supposed to believe this insensitive remark — uttered in English — “was a slip in translation” from a non-native speaker. But that isn’t going to mollify anybody in the Gulf who has heard an endless stream of insensitive remarks from native speakers (see BP CEO Tony Hayward: “I’d like my life back”).
The Republican Study Committee, however, has no excuse whatsoever for trash talking the president about the $20 billion escrow fund that he convinced BP to establish. Only those who have no knowledge of history — or who are in the pocket of Big Oil — could issue such a strong condemnation of such a necessary policy:
- The Exxon Valdez spill was in 1989, they still, 21 years later, have not paid the [full] amount awarded in court (a mere $500 million) to those affected and in fact over 8000 people have died while waiting for compensation. Exxon is still in appeals court TODAY. Why would BP act differently?