June 18th, 2010at 11:36am Posted by Eli
BP’s CEO, Tony (I want my life back!) Hayward is testifying today before a House Committee, and he just received a heartfelt apology from one of his most loyal subjects. Joe Barton (R. Texas) just apologized to BP.
The Republican Party’s quintessential oil Congressman, Barton told Hayward how shameful it was that the Obama Administration would “shake down” BP by demanding that it give up dividends to shareholders and instead set aside a small fraction of their net revenues to the greedy Gulf folks who’ve been only slightly inconvenienced by losing their jobs, their livelihoods, and their environment. Never mind that BP agreed to this on its own, because it knows or fears it’s legal liability may eventually become worse.
Seriously, what the hell is wrong with these people???
For what it’s worth, even some of his fellow Republicans think that was beyond the pale (even if the GOP’s prevailing feeling is that we shouldn’t make BP pay too much), forcing Barton to issue a non-apology apology apology. Or something.