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Old 06-17-2010   #1
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Apologize to BP?? WTF??

I got this e-mail a while ago. I'm still seeing red about it. If there was any doubt that the big oil companies had Washington in their pockets, this has to be the proof. I'm C&Ping the whole thing.



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When BP CEO Tony Hayward testified before Congress this morning, many expected to hear him apologize for the disaster his company has caused. Instead, GOP Congressman Joe Barton was the one saying he was sorry -- to BP.

In his opening statement, Barton, the top Republican on the committee overseeing the oil spill and its aftermath, delivered a personal apology to the oil giant. He said the $20 billion fund that President Obama directed BP to establish to provide relief to the victims of the oil disaster was a "tragedy in the first proportion."

Other Republicans are echoing his call. Sen. John Cornyn said he "shares" Barton's concern. Rep. Michele Bachmann said that BP shouldn't agree to be "fleeced." Rush Limbaugh called it a "bailout." The Republican Study Committee, with its 114 members in the House, called it a "shakedown."

Let's be clear. This fund is a major victory for the people of the Gulf. It's a key step toward making them whole again. BP has a responsibility to those whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated by the disaster. And BP oil executives don't deserve an apology -- the people of the Gulf do.

Stand with us to show that the American people support holding BP accountable -- and we won't apologize for doing so.

We support holding BP accountable. And we won't apologize for doing so. Add your name.

Rep. Barton and Republicans like him don't understand that the real tragedy is what's happening to the people in the Gulf Coast. They're the ones who deserve his apology -- not BP.

But big oil knows exactly who its allies are. And if Republicans win control of the House, Rep. Barton could be chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee -- overseeing regulation of the oil and gas industry.

Notably, companies like Halliburton -- the folks responsible for cementing the Deepwater Horizon rig -- are directing their political committees to deliver thousands of dollars to GOP candidates this cycle. Barton himself has received more than $100,000 from the oil and gas industry this election cycle.

Barton should apologize to the people of the Gulf and he should step down as the highest-ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Adding your name to our open letter is one of the best ways you can show him and other Republicans that they weren't elected to defend big oil.

Sign the open letter today:

http://my.barackobama.com/NoApologies

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Old 06-17-2010   #2
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Re: Apologize to BP?? WTF??

This e-mail was sent by the White House, which wants you to be too busy blaming Republicans to pay attention to what's really going on.

Today, Washington held a hearing in which we learned very little of interest and some stupid congressman said something dumb. All the while, thousands and thousands of barrells of oil are spilling into the ocean and destroying an ecoystem.

How's that for priorities?
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Re: Apologize to BP?? WTF??

Everyone remember this: If we destroy BP, who will pay?

The president refuses to even suggest a liability limit for BP. Now he's making draconian demands that they turn over $20 billion to pay for Whatever. This sort of behavior is holding down BP's stock price. The price of the stock is essentially the value of the company, which BP must use as leverage to raise capital.

Lower stock price = less capital = less ability to pay for clean up in the Gulf.
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As I say, if you think that BP is owned by the British, then expect the queen to deliver your royal mail.
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Re: Apologize to BP?? WTF??

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As I say, if you think that BP is owned by the British, then expect the queen to deliver your royal mail.
Yeah, it's a publicly held company. Obama keeps calling it "British Petroleum" but it's official name is now just "BP".
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People still read emails?
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Re: Apologize to BP?? WTF??

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=44375

Overview of oil spill.
Wow.
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