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Letters: BP can’t clean up its act with propaganda

Posted: July 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.

BP’s exploded Deepwater Horizon rig caused nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil to be spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.

Despite an income of $26 billion, the corporation’s technology to prevent this from happening, or even clean it up afterwards has not advanced much in 20 years. No one has been held accountable for this because of BP’s political influence.

BP is trying to hide this in an avalanche of PR efforts, with commercials on TV and YouTube highlighting its efforts to restore the environment and economy.

These efforts are good, but they do not justify BP’s failure to prevent, or be more successful in mitigating, the oil spill because it was not the most lucrative option. It is also curious that these videos appear in the recommended column on YouTube, even when the video you are watching is unrelated to the topic.

I hope most people are not fooled by their corporate propaganda. Instead of making fancy commercials and buying millions of dollars of air time to fix its reputation, BP should be giving that money to the local people whose lives were severely impacted.

If BP was “working and committed,” the ecosystem would not have been destroyed in the first place.


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