The Many Faces of Tony Hayward CEO of British Petroleum
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The Many Faces of Tony Hayward CEO of British Petroleum

We have seen many sides to Tony Hayward, which one is real?

Not many in the United States had heard of Tony Hayward until the explosion of the Deep Water Horizon, and the subsequent oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico which occurred on April 20, 2010. That day will go down in history as one of the most infamous assaults by man on nature that has ever occurred. I would compare this with the event of the Chernobyl catastrophe that occurred in Ukraine on April 26, 1986. We won’t know the full extent of the damage that has been done for years to come, and the disaster gets worse each day that oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico.

Tony Hayward’s name will also go down in the history books as the one in charge of getting the mess cleaned up in the Gulf of Mexico. The longer the oil spill continues, the less favorable history will portray Mr. Hayward. The first time we saw Tony Hayward’s face was on the news. He looked like a smiling rather cocky kind of a fellow who downplayed the seriousness of the situation.

It’s really kind of remarkable that, on May 17, 2010, Tony Hayward said that the environmental impact on the Gulf would be, “very very modest”. How could he make such an assessment when the oil spill had not been stopped?

Mr. Hayward has made a lot of statements throughout the ongoing tragedy that has been occurring in the Gulf of Mexico. We have seen many sides to this man. Starting with his flippant reactions to the press in the beginning, to his concerned marketing commercials, and his serious posture with the members of a House of Representatives committee.

A situation such as what occurred in the Gulf of Mexico can never be underestimated, downplayed, or made light of. These are all mistakes that Mr. Hayward has made. These mistakes have been made at the expense of the American people.

As the oil continues to spew out into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it’s understandable that Mr. Hayward said, “I'd like my life back”. We would also like to have life back the way it was for the States, people, and wild life that are being affected by this massive oil disaster. How much longer are we going to have to wait for that?

BP announced on June, 18 2010 that they were turning over the oil spill cleanup efforts to Robert Dudley who is an American citizen. Let’s hope that Mr. Dudley will have better success in handling this major disaster in the Gulf.


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Comments (6)

As a Brit Pat, I can only say that as a nation we are wholly disgusted by this arrgant and uncaring individual. The picture he is painting of our nations finest business is deplorable. As a nation we are all horrified by what is happened in the Gulf, please do not think that this ' man ' symbolises the British public or their regret at what is happening, in any way.

DeeBee, I really appreciate your comment. If this man were an American, I would say and feel the same way about him. I don't feel that he symbolizes the British public at all. I feel bad for all the people who work and have investments with BP. The road ahead will not be easy.

Well, I think his actions might be some part of a strategy to allay fears of a major disaster. But of course, this disaster appears to be still far from being solved.

Thanks for your comment Patrick. I have a hard time giving him the benefit of the doubt. He certainly didn't cause this disaster, but I don't think he's handled things very well.

Will Carr

This guy says we’re right in feeling sorry for Tony Hayward.

BP Spill is undeclared TVA-style initiative

July 27, 2010 Winsip Custer, CPW News Service

Following Connecticut Representative Edward Markey’s announcement on July 26, 2010 that the entire Gulf of Mexico is now a “bowl of toxic materials” the path is set for the creation of a new undeclared Tennessee Valley Authority-style initiative that will provide a new and unprecedented partnership between oil companies and the government in the war on OPEC energy dependence while curtailing global warming.

The $500 million dollar grant to USC’s Energy Biosciences Institute, the brainchild of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, coupled with gifts for algae research from some of America’s largest venture capital firms and DARPA given to the Scripps Institute in San Diego, pave the way for the shift from fossil fuels to bio-based energy sources.

“It’s been tough on the population of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida…and on the dolphins, pelicans and Kemps Ridley and other turtle species and wildlife of the Gulf and perhaps it would have been more humane to announce the plan long ago before flooding the region with oil, but how else were we going to get a deep pocketed foreign oil company to pay for the massive conversion?” said BP’s new CEO, Robert Dudley, as his words were recorded by this reporter while sitting outside his bedroom window. Dudley, a graduate in chemistry from the University of Illinois, is an alumni of one of the three institutions joint-venturing in the University of California’s Energy Bioscience Institute project: UC Berkley, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratories and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Dudley, who like BP’s “golden diviner” and key to BP’s massive investments in the deep water leases off New Orleans… geologist Jack E Golden now with Cobalt Energy and the Carlyle Group, came to BP from one of the Rockefeller “baby Standards” created by the break up of Standard Oil Company….Amoco. Dudley is believed to bring credibility and empathy to the disillusioned population of the Gulf region. “I may have been born in Queens, NY,” said Dudley. “But I grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. These new bio-fuel workers will thank us in the long run and the nation should thank us too….the conversion to a new bio-fuel economy is well under way and paid for in large part by a foreign money pool. All’s well that ends well,” my British colleagues are always fond of saying. And all those fishing Cajun’s can’t really like gutting fish and shucking oysters.”

Chicagoan and Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel who has been under fire for his rent- free use of a BP owned Washington townhouse, said “this has all been a wonderful lesson in how our international business connections can be exploited for the benefit of a better planet.”

BP’s former CEO, Tony Hayward when asked about his take on his new assignment said while boarding a flight to Moscow….”I’m a (expletive deleted) amateur compared to these (expletive deleted) Americans. And I’m surely not going to use Halliburton on any of my wells in Siberia!”

Will, as I said we won’t know the full extent of the damage that has been done for years to come, either politically or environmentally. It's all about modernization and government control.