Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Callao, VA
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Welcome to Corp business practice....
I surely am not covering for BP, but EVERY Corp in America is ignoring risk, known and unknown to make a buck. Risk has to be accepted, mitigated, or ignored and most of the corp world does all or some of this, some all three at the same time. In the end they are paralyzed by information. We should not be surprised then, when an accident happens and the corp has no clue how to deal with the results. Laying off experienced staff, cutting staff to minimums, etc are starting to show where that risk lay. And now they do not have the experience or expertise to act.
There are dozens of oil companies that easily could be (or are - as far as their spin is concerned) in the same place as BP...you just haven't heard about their disasters, yet.
the lies are just as prevalent as the actions...again in every corp out there...GM - "pays back their loan in Full" says the CEO...and this is but one example. The president, congress and their staff are all guilty of this, as are our kids, and our selves.
How do you get to the truth, when like other issues, the "scientists" can't agree on what is actually happening (i.e. flow rates, plumes, tarballs, etc), let alone what MAY happen in the future? Then the spin du jour of the media and the White House start up and no one "knows" anything. Acting on speculation and ignorance becomes the only course they know, - SOMEONE has to DO something...!!!
I am sympathetic to the plight of the gulf, but sometimes the cure is worse than the disease, ala dispersants. To quickly act may get more people killed or more damage done, but to be this slow in response is almost as bad. In my part of the river, they would rather you not mess up the shoreline and understory, than to pull rusted barrels and creosoted wood from the water.
Drunk driving kills more people and renders more harm, but there is no outrage on that. East coast of Fl is struggling to survive the media reports of soiled beaches and destroyed coral reefs....which is simply not true, but the masses "believe it is so" so it must be so...where is the outrage there?
Why does our gov't not step up and simply state that recreational boats, that have not left the slip don't get a BP payment, like they have - where is the outrage and the media there??
K1 has tried to state a lot of what appear to be verifiable facts, but even on this small board of sharp people, there are those that feel he is just making this up?? What about the not so smart folks who believe wikipaedia is gospel, who think that you can just stick an auto-inflatable PFD in the hole, or Costner's brother and his machine...and all we be well...
Sadly the waterfront, marshes and beach in your part of the world are trashed for many years, mark my word. Solutions not politics will save the day, but acceptance of that idea is not here yet, and may not be with our leadership. No amount of "cleanup" or lawsuits is going to make it right,
Mother Nature is a bitch..