Posts Tagged ‘Big Oil’

Ford Recommends BP

June 21st, 2010

I noticed something interesting while I was fueling up at the gas station this morning.

This is a picture of the gas cap from my 2006 Ford Explorer. Notice anything that seems out of place here?

BP’s web site explains that, “This is the first time in the United States a major auto manufacturer has recommended an energy company’s fuel…[Gary Brinkworth, Vice President of Marketing, said,] ‘We’re proud that Ford, a company well-known for its quality vehicles, values the BP brand as its first choice for fuels. This endorsement from Ford recognizes our dedication to producing fuels that help to improve cars’ performance, efficiency and emissions’…Ford Division President Darryl Hazel said, ‘The fuel cap recommendation allows customers to establish a tangible connection between both companies.'” (Emphasis mine)

Connection made.

The Signs Before the Warning Signs

May 26th, 2010

Occasionally my masochistic impulse kicks in and I turn on the Sean Hannity Show while I am driving. I sat and listening to a discussion about how the BP oil spill is the fault of: (1) environmentalist, because they pressured oil companies to have to drill further out to sea; (2) Obama, because the liberals blamed Bush for Katrina, so this time it is Obama’s fault; and (3) government regulation, because it makes drilling far more difficult and expensive, leaving less time for managers to focus on maintenance and safety. Never mind the bizarre reasoning. I called in to ask Sean what he thought of the affect on business, in tourism and fishing…I didn’t get through. Maybe tomorrow.

To the conservative punditocracy: What happened to taking “personal responsibility”? What happened to hating bail-outs (unless they are on Bush’s watch) of large corporations? I for one, don’t think BP deserves a welfare check (in the form of clean up services), especially then they have been flagrantly irresponsible. When they applied for their permit to drill, they said: If an oil spill occurs, it is unlikely to have an impact because we have proven methods to respond to such a situation. Now they are saying: There are significant uncertainties in the clean up methods, because we have never used them before. For the most part, they are taking the blame and asking the government for a safety net. Why don’t pull up their boot straps and get a job to pay for it? (Isn’t this what many on the right say to low-income families that need help?) » Read more: The Signs Before the Warning Signs