Lying BP executives... but I repeat myself

From Newsweek’s “What Not to Say When Your Company Is Ruining the World”:

On April 29, The New York Times reported that Hayward… turned to fellow executives in his London office and asked, “What the hell did we do to deserve this?“ (A possible answer might be the company’s 760 safety violations over the last three years. ExxonMobil, in contrast, has had just one.)

On May 14, Hayward attempted to persuade The Guardian that “the Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume.”

Only a few days later, he told Sky News that “the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to be very, very modest.”

…On May 30, Hayward… told the Today show that “there’s no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back.”

…On May 31, he told the world that ecosystem-threatening underwater oil plumes… do not exist. He said simply, “There aren’t any plumes.”

On June 1, …When nine (cleanup) workers fell ill, according to Yahoo News, he told CNN that “food poisoning is clearly a big issue.”

Posted by James on Thursday, June 03, 2010