Did we get any real answers from Tony Hayward yesterday when he appeared before an influential Congressional cmmittee? No Did we get the truth from Hayward, currently depicted as the most hated man in America? No All we got from Tony Hayward was stone-walling, evasion and a deadpan panto of going through the motions.
Yesterday was yet another gaffe from BP, but thankfully it was not yet another one from the company’s CEO Tony Hayward. This time it was the company’s chairman who was speaking to the media for the first time. As he left the White House, BP’s chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg said: “We care about the small people. … Read More
Is this what the beginning of the end of the oil age looks like? Millions of gallons of oil continue to pour out across the Gulf, devastating wildlife and countless livelihoods, from tourism to fishermen. Thousands of people are employed scooping, skimming, burning and mopping up oil in a largely fruitless gesture.
It is a damning document that may well decide Tony Hayward’s fate. It will certainly give him sleepless nights before his Congressional appearance on Thursday. Remember what Hayward said a few weeks ago. “This was not our accident … This was not our drilling rig. This was not our equipment. It was not our people, … Read More
So the viral joke on the internet is that whether it be oil spills or footballs – England can’t contain either. After England goalie Robert Green’s disastrous mistake against the US on Saturday night at the World Cup – can England get anything right? For BP there have been many weeks that have ebbed and … Read More
The last 24 hours of news reporting of BP’s oil spill in the UK has shifted from the devastation being wrought on the Gulf of Mexico into one where politicians and businessmen are lambasting President Obama for his “anti-British” rhetoric. A British backlash has begun. True this morning the BBC leads with the news that … Read More
What is being played out now is really quite astonishing. Just a few days ago, BP’s dividend was a seen by City investors as a line in the sand that could not – and would not be – crossed. For BP not to pay would be unthinkable. But the unthinkable is becoming thinkable and increasingly … Read More
The general consensus – in the mainstream media and blogosphere – is that Tony Hayward is now toast. He will probably survives long enough to give evidence to Congress next week, but more and more people are betting he will be gone by Xmas. Obama banged another nail in Hayward’s coffin yesterday when he said … Read More
The online public relations battle is hotting up. BP may be losing the twitter war but is doing its damndest to make sure it won’t lose the Google war. According to ABC News, BP has purchased several phrases on search engines such as Google and Yahoo so that online users get directed to the company’s … Read More
Do you sometimes wonder why the American people seem to support more offshore drilling, despite the fact that it won’t make a difference on gas prices? Its not only that its all in how the question gets asked, it also turns out that the media is simply not telling a critical piece of data. According … Read More