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Friday, June 04, 2010

The New Yorker Blasts British Petroleum

(Please forgive the rip where I tore off my address label.)

The cover is definitely blasting British Petroleum -- as all creatures of the planet should do.

However, you open the cover to the first 2-page spread of advertisement ... and what's there? A big ole honkin' Cadillac.


The folks at The New Yorker could have had the decency to put in a car ad for something that gets great mileage. This car (Cadillac CTS Sports Sedan) gets 18mpg.

And, of course, everyone who drives or heats their house is colluding a little bit with British Petroleum. Except -- and this is a big exception -- we would not have said "No no ... no no no ... we really don't need a safety device here ... a mile under water." We are a little more in touch with the fact that humans make BIG mistakes sometimes ... and maybe a mistake might happen with the oil well ... and the catastrophe would be awful. We would have thought that and opted for the safety device.

Stumble It!

3 Comments:

At 9:31 PM, Blogger McBlogget said...

The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 that capped liability for oil spills at $75 million has the effect of encouraging excessive risk taking. If BP had had to buy insurance to cover their potential liability costs, their insurance company would have been requiring greater safety precautions.

 
At 11:41 PM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

How right you are! Who's responsible for this outrage, anyway? What? Oh, right. The Republicans, paying back their corporate masters.

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger Ms. Manitoba said...

McBlogget, you need to blog too! I can tell -- your blood pressure is rising!

 

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