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Showing posts with label BP. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BP. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Oil Spills And Contamination Is An Existential Reality! Keystone XL Anyone?


Some messages need little introduction. Big Oil and Keystone XL is one such topic. We offer a video journey over time and the horrors of contamination. 

Are we so blind and subservient we cannot grasp the full measure of how "Big Oil" doesn't give a damn about our environment. Big Oil is singularly responsible for overwhelming efforts to restrict advancement towards alternative energy sources. Yet, oil companies are quick to back away form their major contamination and they do so behind armies of corporate lawyers and payments to those who have the power to force Big Oil in ways beneficial to Earth's climate.

Exxon Valdez Tanker spill March 24, 1989

(, this video opens with Exxon Valdez Captain Joe Hazelwood's radio call to Coast Guard, accompanied by The Sound of Silence, by Simon and Garfunkel. It concludes with a simple message: "British Columbians have spoken. Will Stephen Harper listen?"
Paul Simon's music label granted the rights to use the song for a small honorarium after the Coastal First Nations wrote to him personally, telling him about the Great Bear Rainforest and the danger that oil tankers pose to BC's coastal communities.

Read more after break below

Thursday, July 18, 2013

BP Alleges Fraud: Develops Hotline and Full Page Ads! And Profits Soar.


British Petroleum is nothing shy of an enigma and simultaneously a standard bearer for Big Oil. 

Engima?  From efforts to publicly white wash its Gulf Oil catastrophe and existential reality of under the covers efforts to void spending to clean-up the Gulf, BP shows itself as a corporate monster. 

Standard Bearer? As one of the most profitable of the major big "Oilers", it is hard not to view BP as systemic of an industry wrought with greed, privilege and opulent rewards for those at the higher echelons of its management team (and of course big investors).

In 2012 BP "pumped-in" (pun intended) $1.6 billion in profits from $11.6 billion in revenues. Impressive, for those who relish such news. As a portfolio investor such news should excite me. It pales as I consider continuing stories about behind the scenes efforts to do what most major corporations do: "Give the public a Dr. Jekyll face, while hiding the real being Dr. Hyde.

BP 2012

Climate Progress....February. 2103

BP Rakes In $11.6 Billion In Profits For 2012

Every time I see one of the following television ads, my stomach turns. Since shortly after the Gulf oil explosion, and subsequent ruin of the nearby and probably far ecosystems, BP has been on a PR campaigns second to none. In fact, the BP campaigns take a second seat only to the obnoxious political campaigns we suffer every four years.

Checkout a few ads that hit me hard with every viewing: Dr, Jekyll.

Commitment to the Gulf


Obvious hard hat props. I have never in my life seen a white hard hat without any indications of wear and tear. 
Largest Energy Investor

BP as Mr. Hyde. (the evil manifestation of the public Dr. Jekyll)
"It was for one minute that I saw him, but the hair stood upon my head like quills. Sir, if that was my master, why had he a mask upon his face?"
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,
Chapter 8

The real monster (Mr. Hyde) is behind the scenes.  I find not one iota of remorse from BP. And, I am disappointed because Mitt Romney proclaimed "Corporation are people, my friend." The ever-disappointing Mitt Romney lies again. Corporation are not people, and he is damned sure nobody's 'real' friend.
'O God!' I screamed, and 'O God!' again and again; for there before my eyes--pale and shaken, and half fainting, and groping before him with his hands, like a man restored from death--there stood Henry Jekyll!"- Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Chapter 9
Katie Valentine, Think Progress, has provided insight into BP's legal accusations that business owners are exaggerating claims (I assume also fabricating claims), and the industry giant is fed-up" (my words). 

As human nature "goes", yes there probably are business owners who are "stretching opportunity" to garner BP payouts. Some business owners may have lost their economic base as a result of Deepwater Horizon's explosion. Others may have lost revenues while managing to stay business.  And, of course, there are probably even more really small business owners who went belly-up; something BP has no fear of , nor prospect to consider. The industry giant cannot go belly-up!  

I am certain there are business owners who resent disruptions in their operations and opportunity to maintain a revenue base in very competitive markets with a singular supplier. Competitive and totally dependent on the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, some will seek extra from BP and in their minds they may feel a  bit punitive as they look to rebuild, restructure, or liquidate their businesses. One should look at the other side of the concern for pilfering. Should BP simply leave the door open for alleged "false claims?"

According to valentine BP is taking measures to ward-off the pilfering and possible manipulation of their "benevolence." What does the energy giant do?

Think Progress
To cut down on this alleged fraud, BP is eliciting the public’s help. The company recently set up a hotline for reporting fraudulent claims relating the the Gulf oil spill, a tool it calls “a reliable resource for people who want to do the right thing and report fraud or corruption.” According to BP, callers can receive a reward if the claim they report leads to an indictment, recovery of money or denial of a claim. BP also placed full-page ads in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post last month that accused lawyers and politicians of encouraging businesses to submit dishonest claims. 
“Whatever you think about BP, we can all agree that it’s wrong for anyone to take money they don’t deserve,” the ads read. “And it’s unfair to everyone in the Gulf — commercial fishermen, restaurant and hotel owners, and all the other hard-working people who’ve filed legitimate claims for real losses.”

If people are filing 'false' claims and have suffered no losses or damages from the Gulf spill, that is unacceptable. We strongly  suspect the "web" (hot line and ad campaign) cast by BP will not entangle much more than the person who perpetrates fraud via filing a false claim without any losses. It is like the GOP lying about working to prevent voter fraud, when factually the only instances of document voter fraud in 2012 were cases of republicans "Going bad" and perpetrating illegal acts related to voting .
 "BP also placed full-page ads in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post last month that accused lawyers and politicians of encouraging businesses to submit dishonest claims."
Seriously, I will wager any business owner in the Gulf region could ill afford to lobby and campaign for fair treatment from BP. There has to be people who feel unfairly treated via this reimbursement process. 

Full page ads to accuse politicians and lawyers of encouraging 'false' claims. now, that is intriguing since we have a handful of politicians publicly sniffing-up to BP immediate after the Gulf spill. Full page ads int eh newspapers listed above had to totally hundreds of thousands in expenses for BP.

BP's actions induces curiosity about corporate strategy vs well-meaning efforts to restore the Gulf to pre-Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.   BP made and decisions in building Deepwater Horizon, employed people who would do their 'cost conscious' management policies, ignored warnings, and the ultimate miscalculation  ,contracting with Halliburton on critical drilling components (cement). 

I personally have a hard time with sympathy for BP and their allegations of fraud.  BP reaps the a benefit of continued use combustible engines and our reliance of fossil fuel derivatives.  BP has made decisions that have resulted in death and ruin on an astronomical scale. Of course, the corporation wants to show another side in warding-off the prospect of fraud.  I am so reminded of two BP's (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde all in one). And one BP reminds me of GOP claims of voter fraud.
"With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two."

I wonder if like many corporations BP had a hot line installed on Deepwater Horizon for employees to report concern about safety issues. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Obama Administration Continues To Punish BP

File:Deepwater Horizon oil spill - May 24, 2010 - with locator.jpg
BP, Haliburton, Trans-Ocean's disater in the Gulf....Eleven people lost their lives. 

In the immediate aftermath of the murderous (human and sea life) spill, Joe Barton (R) Texas apologized to British Petroleum (BP). The recipient of large political contributions from oil and gas companies performed his corporate duty via his attempt to smooth-over the Obama Administration's promise to extract a heavy price for the man-made disaster. why would a sane politician apologize as follows if it were not for his/her place on the payroll. I wodner how he would have apologized had one of his relatives died in the man-made tragedy?

A reminder of how the nation voted "well" in early November. A United States governed by the GOP, is a United States on the path to extinction. 

The Daily KOS provides an example of Barton's 'bedding-down" with BP. Image below Linked to the Daily KOS.
oil/gas donations to congress
Let's drill down a bit to a sort of donations from oil and gas companies to individual House members in 2010:
oil/gas donations to Joe Barton

Late November 2012.

When the Obama administration temporarily banned BP from federal contracts Wednesday, it pointed to BP's "lack of business integrity" and conduct relating to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill.

The Guardian UK is reporting further setbacks for BP in its efforts to expand its existing drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The Environmental Protection Agency suspension is particularly noteworthy and complete warranted as we move away from the 2010 disaster near our shores. Also noteworthy is the timing of the EPA suspension after the recent multi-million dollar Justice Department settlement.  
....The temporary order bans BP from competing for new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico – such as the auction of 20m acres taking place on Wednesday – or from bidding on new contracts to supply the Pentagon or other government agencies with fuel. 
....The EPA said the suspension was based on BP's conduct at the time of the blow-out as well as the 87 days it took to contain the well. Some 4.9m barrels of crude gushed into the Gulf of Mexico before it was finally capped.

"EPA is taking this action due to BP's lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company's conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response, as reflected by the filing of a criminal information," the announcement said.
The announcement went on to describe the oil spill as the "largest environmental disaster in US history".

The Obama Administration should leave a long-term and lasting impression on Big Oil. They must work with consideration of life, and the environment at least comparable to their focus on making money.   

The GOP?  The chart above shows both political parties have representatives who take contributions for oil and gas companies  The chart also shows why decisions that impact oil and gas bottom-line (profit) will receive unfettered support from the GOP.   The party that loves to rail about leaving debt for their "kids and grandkids" would leave an environment susceptible to the malfeasance and greed influence management of their contributors.

Kudos to the Obama Administration and continued shame on the GOP and BP!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

US Becoming World Leader in Oil Production Under Obama

US Crude Oil Pruduction
American oil production hit an 8-year high last year.  The thing is, production KEEPS growing. February’s U.S. oil production, the latest number available, was 178,170 barrels. That’s the highest level for that month since 1998! [Link]

After posting a piece about Romney's inaccurate charge that President Obama has abandoned Israel, I ran across another debate rhetoric refuting piece. Romney has from time to time mentioned Obama's failed energy policy and subsequent high gas prices.

Despite terabytes of information related the false statement the Obama Administration has a worse energy record than previous administrations, Romney and his 'comedy crew' continue to roll-out "oil production and gas prices" as rhetorical debate fodder against Obama. He actually ventured into the asinine business of the Keystone XL Pipeline during the first debate.

The Associated Press is reporting the US is experiencing record oil production, and the climb the top was not started in a Republican administration. 

Driven by high prices and new drilling methods, U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons is on track to rise 7 percent this year to an average of 10.9 million barrels per day. This will be the fourth straight year of crude increases and the biggest single-year gain since 1951.
It is a shame many voters are 'information deprived". People who are uninformed are fertile ground for GOP mantra and rhetoric. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell recently interviewed former New York State Governor Pataki during a post debate wrap-up from the debate floor. Pataki actually threw a major lie across the broadcast airways and went unchallenged by O'Donnell. Pataki stated he could not understand why Obama did not approve the Keystone Pipeline. He stated, the project would create 60,000 jobs. The one thing I notice about "attack dog" Pataki, he is a liar comparable to Mitt Romney. Pataki and GOP campaign handlers know credible studies have analyzed the project. As a comprehensive project, It will generate many more very temporary jobs than sustainable jobs, and the figure falls way she off Pataki's 60,000 lie. As a Principal in the lobbying firm Pataki and Cahill Group, Pataki knows the industry and all details related to the pipeline. His bold lie causes a bit of contemplation about the prospects he could gain from approval of the Pipeline.

A Cornell University study placed the jobs number at a fraction of the number stated by Pataki after the debate. O'Donnell also knows Pataki was lying for affect, why not challenge the lie? 

Is there no end to GOP Lies and misrepresentations? The following niece from AOL's Daily Finance, might help in educating a few voters. he US is a world leader in oil production and that strides have come about under the Obama watch.

U.S. May Soon Become World's Top Oil Producer

Posted 6:25PM 10/23/12

US may soon become world's top oil producer
Energy Writer 

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.

Driven by high prices and new drilling methods, U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons is on track to rise 7 percent this year to an average of 10.9 million barrels per day. This will be the fourth straight year of crude increases and the biggest single-year gain since 1951.
     The boom has surprised even the experts.

"Five years ago, if I or anyone had predicted today's production growth, people would have thought we were crazy," says Jim Burkhard, head of oil markets research at IHS CERA, an energy consulting firm.

The Energy Department forecasts that U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons, which includes biofuels, will average 11.4 million barrels per day next year. That would be a record for the U.S. and just below Saudi Arabia's output of 11.6 million barrels. Citibank (C) forecasts U.S. production could reach 13 million to 15 million barrels per day by 2020, helping to make North America "the new Middle East."

The last year the U.S. was the world's largest producer was 2002, after the Saudis drastically cut production because of low oil prices in the aftermath of 9/11. Since then, the Saudis and the Russians have been the world leaders.

The United States will still need to import lots of oil in the years ahead. Americans use 18.7 million barrels per day. But thanks to the growth in domestic production and the improving fuel efficiency of the nation's cars and trucks, imports could fall by half by the end of the decade.

The increase in production hasn't translated to cheaper gasoline at the pump, and prices are expected to stay relatively high for the next few years because of growing demand for oil in developing nations and political instability in the Middle East and North Africa.

Still, producing more oil domestically, and importing less, gives the economy a significant boost.
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It really is pathetic when  1% (er) like Pataki is invited on camera and allowed to spew a lie related to energy when he earns income form the industry.   In addition to his status as a high level surrogate for the GOP, how facilitation would it be for his firm to have Romney in the White House?

GOP mantra and self-serving greed is possible only via the minds of people who are veritable sycophants.  They feel conservative America can do no wrong when, in actuality,  the GOP doing nothing for the nation beyond enriching its upper crust 1 % (ers).

While the Obama administration quietly moves the nation away from dependence on foreign oil, the GOP can only practice inaccurate rhetoric for sake of winning elections.