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Lazarus Named to National Commission on BP Spill

Environmental law expert to probe oil industry practices.

by on Jun.22, 2010

Lazarus specializes in environmental law and has participated in 40 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The co-chairs of the bipartisan National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling have selected a highly regarded Georgetown University law professor to serve as the commission’s executive director, the U.S. Department of Energy said today.

The move comes as the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill continues unabated, with the government consistently raising its estimate of just how much oil is spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, along with ongoing damaging revelations of how government regulators failed, once again, to do their job in ways that could have prevented the disaster. Every day 1.5 to 2.5 million gallons oil  enters the Gulf, according to the latest estimates.

The environmental crisis has the Obama Administration, with its green rhetoric revealed as just that according to critics, scrambling to make the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history an election year issue against what it deems are pro oil industry Republicans. (See Will We Drive Less because of the BP Oil Spill?)


Gushing Prose!

Following a meeting with the President of the United States last week, the BP Board announced a package of measures to meet its obligations as a responsible party arising from the Deepwater Horizon spill, including the creation of a $20 billion claims fund over the next three and a half years.

Representative Joe Barton (R-Texas) – the leading Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee – said early last week that President Obama’s insistence that BP establish an escrow fund to help pay for the growing ecological and economic damages from the  spill was a “shakedown” and that the U.S. Congress owed British Petroleum an apology.

Barton has received more than $1 million in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industries.


Enter Our “Rename BP” Contest

The winner gets a can of anchovies, packed in oil of course.

by on Jun.01, 2010

The need for a new BP name to escape blame (NNTEB?) is, well, now floating to the surface.

The largest oil spill in U.S. history is creating the obvious need for the rebranding of BP so that when it inevitably uses bankruptcy to escape its still growing multi-billion dollar liabilities, the new, clean corporation can remove itself as much as possible from being associated with the disaster that Bad Petroleum created in the Gulf of Mexico.

I will wager there are expensive consultants working on this right now – numerous bankruptcy lawyers, as well as branding and logo design firms.

However, since we firmly believe in the free, err rigged by the rich, very expensive market, as well as the creativity of our audience, we hope that a name that is much better than Beyond Petroleum (PB or post beyond?) will gush forth from the electronic ether. How about EB for escape blame, or NCC for new clean corp, or DM for drilling mud, or PYNW, as in poisoning your neighbor’s well or DHR for Deepwater Horizon rig?

This is vital so that whatever entity BP becomes (Post-Britannique Moniker, PBM?)  it can drill into a slick new world, uninhibited by having to pay for an ocean’s worth of dead fish, birds and assorted marine non-life (AMNL or maybe just slick oil?).

Posturing politicians (PP?) and our non-regulatory agencies (NRA – oops, need to dodge that naming rights bullet) will also welcome the relief coming from the change of subject (COS?) as the oil spill (OS?) goes on for a longer time than Noah endured the rain. (Ark Oil or just ARC, since BP already holds the rights to Arco?)

So please “spill baby spill” with your ideas. (M-GOL as in millions of gallons of oil liquid?)

Is a “Palin”-drome possible here? After all (or is that after oil?) Sarah used a similar tactic by abandoning Alaska when it became clear that a reckoning was coming and she needed to get out before she was thrown out by voters (GOTO?). How about SBS from “spill baby spill or SBD for “spill baby ditto” – oops, I think that one is taken. Say the ultimate costs imposed by the impotent Obama Administration on BP (hum – IOA?) are $98289 billion, then there are numerous possible new titles for Bad Petroleum if you let your fingers do the walking on your cell phone key pad: WUAUW?

Getting the “unpredictable drift” here? What about RWTM – for relief wells take months?

Send us an “oil-mail” with your worst ideas so we can drill down into the topic. The anchovies await…

Will We Drive Less because of the BP Oil Spill?

Latest survey claims one in five Americans will.

by on May.06, 2010

What people say and what they actually do are sometimes two different things.

A national survey released today claims that more than one in five Americans plan to drive less because of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Moreover, one in eight Americans plan to stop buying British Petroleum (BP) gas altogether.

Among the survey’s other findings:

  • The combined impact of the oil spill and the recent mine disaster in West Virginia has caused more than two in every five Americans, or 41.7%, to think about the “human and environmental costs” associated with their own energy consumption.
  • About three in 10 Americans, 28%, said the spill has made them dislike BP, but their “opinion might improve if they can do more to clean up the mess and make amends.”
  • One in five, 20.5%, said they now doubt BP’s “Beyond Petroleum” slogan and believe it is not really a green company. However, 37.5% said it had not affected their opinion of the company in any way. And 17.4% said it makes them “respect the company for taking responsibility for the accident and clean-up.”
  • More than a third of Americans, or 35.5%, said the spill “was a terrible accident, but our country’s need for domestic oil makes the possibility of such accidents an acceptable risk.”
  • And 21% said, “It was a terrible accident waiting to happen, and offshore drilling in the Gulf should be halted.”

The survey polled 1,312 consumers across the country on Monday and Tuesday, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

“For years our research has shown America is a see-it-to-believe-it nation. Before we make changes, we need to see things with our own eyes or have a personal connection to something. If Americans start seeing a lot of oil-covered pelicans or dying dolphins, these numbers will likely go even higher,” said Suzanne Shelton, president of Shelton Group, which conducted the study.