Gail the Actuary stimulated this blog’s consideration of a great opportunity for Yes Men trainees. The TOD honcho asked rhetorically what to do about unemployment during the Peak Oil transition. This blog wanted to say: Look at what Big Oil is doing, all those lawyers anticipating years of fees, all the ongoing investment in disinformation, all the lobbying in its various shapes and forms and pursuits. We have so much for which to give thanks. Thank-you, Big Oil, may I have another.
This blog avoided such a “trolling” comment on TOD since it is other than the high level of Tech Talk in how current efforts can prevail. But here, a different perspective on the business at hand…
“Second-quarter profits at both Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil have nearly doubled from last year to $4.5 billion and $7.6 billion respectively, while ConocoPhillips profits quadrupled to $4.1 billion.” One could say, they are making a killing.
Posing as a Public Relations species for Bob Dudley, the upcoming BP CEO, they could announce his intent to avoid years and years of litigious delays, like other companies guilty of environmental disasters have done.
Instead, the new BP will make a concerted effort to restore the Gulf of Mexico to an even greater splendor than before the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Instead of buying scientists’ silence on the damage done, BP will dispel such suspicions. BP will invest significantly in the best scientific guidance for this restoration effort.
Acknowledging that this might put them in opposition to other members of the petrochemical industry and their agri-business allies, the PR team could say that their company is willing to endure such opprobrium. The need to make amends is much greater.
Yeah, too unbelievable, huh?