Question by Think about it: Why did the government let British Petroleum (BP) off the hook for the Gulf oil spill?
They killed millions of animals and polluted miles and miles of water. The shrugged their shoulders and said they didn’t know how to clean up their mess so now it’s not in the news anymore and they’re off the hook. They were fined about 25% of what they make in 3 months time and that’s it. If someone else had caused so much damage they’d lose everything they were worth. Why the double standard and lack of outrage? On top of it they recently started drilling just a few feet away from the disaster well because they are greedy and saw that there is a lot of oil there. Why is the US letting a British company loot our oil and not clean up their mess?
If you want to help punish them, Boycott BP oil (such as Arco).
Ken – my point exactly. They only had to pay billion.
“Revenue US 6.1 billion (2009)”
They made 6 billion last year and had to pay billion for contaminating an entire body of water – birds, dolphins turtles and all. No wonder they don’t know how to clean up, they know it’s cheaper to walk away since they get away with doing that than to invest in cleaning procedures. Exon paid a drop in the bucket for their huge spill, they appealed it for over 15 years until the fine was reduced to about 5% of the original judgment just a couple of years ago and didn’t make headlines.
Answer by disturbed1
Easy answer. Money. Money = votes.
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