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BP Execs Word Play

"The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume."


These are the words used by Tony Hayward, the CEO of the British oil company responsible for the biggest environmental disaster in the history of the United States, to describe the events which followed the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion.

"I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies who don't care. But that is not the case in BP. We care about the small people."

These are the words used by Carl-Henric Svanberg, BP chairman, said this week, after a meeting with President Obama, about the people whose lives have been affected by the spill.

The execs and their company are now apologizing. BP has agreed (or was forced by President Obama) to pay $20 billion as compensation for those affected by the spill. The money will go into a fund, to be administered independently from BP and the US government.

Hayward played the victim role and said, according to The Associated Press, he is "personally devastated" by the explosion (on Sunday, Hayward said he wants his life back and later appologized for that too, saying he made "made a hurtful and thoughtless comment"). He will make the "devastating" statement on Thursday, in front of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Svanberg too tried to fix the harm his mouth has done.

"I spoke clumsily this afternoon and for that I am very sorry," he said according to The Telegraph. "What I was trying to say - that BP understands how deeply this affects the lives of people who live along the Gulf and depend on it for their livelihood - will best be conveyed not by any words but by the work we do to put things right for the families and businesses who've been hurt.”

Keep an eye out for the latest developments on the BP oil spill story, as things are about the heat up again today, during the Congress hearing.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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