BP’s Bob Dudley and His Latest Big Lying Whine
Bob Dudley, the BP head suit who was chosen to replace former BP head suit Tony “Hapless” Hayward is now whining piteously that the media and BP’s oil industry rivals helped to create a “climate of fear” last summer when BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico creating a giant, months long gusher of crude oil, crippling the ecology and the economy of much of the Gulf coast.
I feel his pain, it’s a terrible thing that poor little Bob Dudley was forced to face a climate of fear after the incompetence and negligence of the BP executive suite led to the violent deaths of eleven workers on the ill fated drilling platform and the largest environmental disaster in US history. How awful it must have been for Bob Dudley to face that climate of fear.
I’m sure that having to deal with the irrational fears of the media and the public made it difficult to focus on the critically important work of concocting excuses for the disaster while desperately searching for others to blame and inventing highly creative and thoroughly false tales of BP’s Herculean efforts to “make it right.”
There were, after all, so many important duties demanding Dudley’s time and attention, not the least of which was organizing a giant advertising campaign, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, to distract the public from the truth while attempting to rebuild BP’s warm and fuzzy public image.
There were so many lies to concoct, beginning with the attempt to convince the government and the media that the the flow rate of BP’s obscene toxic gusher of crude was only 5000 barrels per day, while in actuality, it was spewing over 60,000 barrels every day into one of the country’s most important fishery, vacation and environmental assets.
Then there was the problem of quickly and illegally spraying the toxic crude with millions of gallons of toxic dispersants in order to keep it hidden from public view, to sink it to the ocean bottom where it would be more difficult to quantify, thereby reducing potential liabilities, reducing clean up costs and hopefully diminishing public outrage. All this had to be done while hiding the fact that the combination of the oil and dispersants would make the evil mess even more toxic and harder to clean up.
Then there was the ongoing problem of disappearing as many animal carcasses as possible while preventing members of the press and public from witnessing the ongoing carnage in marshes, on beaches and in the water. It took a lot of time and energy to hire goon squads to patrol hundreds of miles of beaches and thousands of square miles of ocean to protect the public and the media from catching sight of the realities of the problem.
It was difficult to maintain the great ruse, the giant illusion that BP was intent on cleaning up the beaches and marshes while working desperately to shut off their failed blow out preventer, and, at the same time, keeping up the pretense of satisfying claims from the tens of thousands of people whose lives and livelihoods were being destroyed.
And all through this there were those pesky cleanup workers who wanted to wear respirators because they were being sickened by the toxic fumes of BP’s misplaced crude oil. The last thing the public and the media needed to see was clean up workers wearing HazMat suits or respirators. Why, that might cause irrational fear and give the impression that oil was in some way a toxic substance, that crude oil could somehow be destructive to the environment.
With all that poor Bob had to deal with you can see why he has his knickers in a wad over the media, his greedy rivals and the ignorant overreacting public creating a climate of fear. How awfully unfair to poor Bob Dudley and poor injured BP.
Not too long into the disaster Bob Dudley himself reacted to estimates of BP’s errant gusher of 60,000 barrels per day as “scaremongering,” claiming the now thoroughly discredited 5000 bpd as the correct number. Well, I’m still afraid. I’m afraid of BP, I’m afraid of Big Oil and I’m afraid that they may have ruined the Gulf of Mexico for a decade or more.
But mostly, I’m afraid that Bob Dudley lied from the beginning and that even today after all the horror and human tragedy inflicted by BP, I’m afraid that Bob Dudley, CEO, head suit, is still a goddamn liar.