In practice its a British problem because POTUS needs votes and cannot accept there might be any aspect of fault within the US (even if it all happened in the predecessor's time).well its americas problem it minght be bp but its owned partley by america and the rig was built by americans if the americans had built it a bit better it minght not have burst
Absolutely. Maybe somebody in the US can tell their politicians that as at the moment it seems far more about blame, passing bucks overseas, etc. and in fact it is only BP who are getting on with trying to stop the disaster. Working together can achieve so much more than working against - yet the US politicians seem determined to fight BP every step of the way.It doesn't matter whose problem it is...it just needs to be cleaned up.
Absolutely. Maybe somebody in the US can tell their politicians that as at the moment it seems far more about blame, passing bucks overseas, etc. and in fact it is only BP who are getting on with trying to stop the disaster. Working together can achieve so much more than working against - yet the US politicians seem determined to fight BP every step of the way.
You get most out of people if you help them. The priority should be sorting the problem. It is BP's priority yet they are having to spend their time fending of politicians who want to appear tough for the coming elections. Totally counter productive.
Once the leak is stopped and the environment recovering there will be plenty of time for all the parties to argue about blame and to strut around trying to look tough (whilst making fools of themselves) but at the moment it would be great if people could put their energies into stopping the leak !!
They were the contractor, but the buck stops with BP.I think the rig was built by South Korea and owned and operated by Transocean
Except he was not on board (not on the crew list) - contrary to what the US politicians might want you to believe. He was actually just sending a bit of time with his son.BP top Exc. goes sailing. Whatta you think?
Except he was not on board (not on the crew list) - contrary to what the US politicians might want you to believe. He was actually just sending a bit of time with his son.
US politicians seem to be trying to turn this into a personal vendetta against the guy. Which is showing their naiveté about very large companies. The person at the top does not make every decision in a company. The person at the top is not an expert in every aspect of company operations. So criticising him for not passing opinion about something he is not qualified in and before all the evidence is in and analysed merely shows he does not jump to unjustified conclusions - whatever US politicians might like to say for their own PR purposes.
In UK/France (maybe elsewhere outside the US - I don't know) there is increasing talk about how US companies behave when accidents happen overseas and how they accept their responsibilities. Much talk starting about Bhopal and Union Carbide and how lucky the US is that BP is honouring its responsibilities despite there being legal liability ceilings they [BP] have chosen to waive.
An aspect that I expect is not getting much publicity in the US is about possible futures for BP. BP will not go bust. What might happen is when their share value drops below its asset value the company will be exposed to take-over. This happened some time ago and all that is delaying any take-over is the possibility of punitive damages. Once those are established it is not unlikely that BP will be taken over; probably by the Chinese who are desperate for oil to feed their growth. Impact of this on the US is that a lot of the oil they currently get will be diverted to China - and can you imagine how that will affect the US.
Of course there are elections coming so it would appear that US politicians are putting their short term political hunger for votes about the good of the US population.
The personal attacks are impressing nobody (maybe in the US they are but they are not doing US reputation overseas any good). They are achieving nothing. Do US politicians really think that stopping the guy seeing his son will stop the leak quicker !!
His comments were viewed with amusement here - maybe because of the way he was then "stood-on" and forced to issue an apology for having said such un palatable things, then retracting what he had said to Hayward.Sure it is election year, and as we saw on the hearings not everyone thinks BP is at all evil (see Joe Barton), but that is just part of the game.
It is interesting to me how an article in a British paper, being critical of a British company, would elicit such disdain for "US politicians" (as if there were only one kind).If anybody is interested in the public feeling about the issues and the way the US politicians are behaving there is an interesting article from a UK newspaper (one of the "better" ones). Ignore the article because it is predictable (just being critical of BP's PR behaviour - but what is interesting are the comments people have posted below. There are a lot and I would not bother reading them all, but just scan the first few (the rest go on pretty much in the same spirit).
Public feeling is actually getting worse than I thought (i.e. being critical of US politicians). I was surprised when I read the comments !!
My personal interpretation (which may be biased as it also fits with my personal opinion) is that there are two separate issues where many have different attitudes:It is interesting to me how an article in a British paper, being critical of a British company, would elicit such disdain for "US politicians" (as if there were only one kind).
I keep hearing people saying "it's not about blame" with one breath, then placing blame with the next.
Just for the record the boat is worth around £200 000 and he owns it jointly with others (others being plural - i.e. more than one other).... However, it is (I believe) a poor showing of judgment to go out in public to a race where you multi-million dollar yacht is competing.
Man, then being part owner of that Farr 52 seems like a bad investment when instead he could be part of a great entrepreneurial opportunity here in the US if he and his friends decide to invest on all those independently owned fishing boats for sale in the gulf coast. I mean they could corner the market after the clean upJust for the record the boat is worth around £200 000 and he owns it jointly with others (others being plural - i.e. more than one other).
None of the US papers seem to have noticed that the boat is competing in Cork Week in a few days time
Good comment, I fall into this category. I am just disappointed that we would have to point this out.Most of us over here like you Brits.
It seems the media is feeding very different information than they are feeding us...i think the media is selling us two different stories here because what we are being told is that the american government wants to sue the british goverment and bp for what has happerned.
the media is also telling us that bp and the government is being blamed for evereything.
if the media is telling two different stories one to us and one to you about this then what are they saying about the war in afganistan.