News from the engine room of the US oil industry, those wonderful folks who brought you the Exxon Valdez.
First BP gets allowed to test safety valves at a lower pressure than required by law, now we find that they registered the Deepwater Horizon rig as a ship - under the flag of the Marshall Islands! Eniwetok, Bikini, Rongelap. You know what I mean now, I'm sure. And I'm sure they have a super rigorous oil rig certification process.
But hey, it's business, right? You do what it takes to maximise profits, and only obey laws when you get caught.
But wait, there's more! A blog written by Exxon's (remember Exxon?) vice president of public and government affairs says "We all need to understand what occurred on this occasion that did not occur on the 14,000 other deepwater wells that have been successfully drilled around the world." Not yet, anyway, and thankfully none of Exxon's wells have gone kablooey all over the nature stuff. Yet. Just don't mention the tankers.
That "blog" post attracted a comment, extremely supportive, from James Peppe - who, surprise surprise, is a senior manager of the National Association of Manufacturers - an oil industry lobby group, and close buddies of Exxon.
Is the world supposed to read this spinning crap and believe it? Oh, puhleeeze!