BP’s Tony Hayward: Still Clueless

By Yul

Here we go again. Justice, corporate-style… Company going down the tubes with a self-inflicted disaster, and the executive on whose watch it happened traipses off with millions.

Tony Hayward talked a good game when he became BP’s CEO in 2007. He vowed to “focus like a laser” on safety, of all things.

We all know how that worked out. Eleven oil rig workers and untold wildlife are dead or dying slowly and horribly, thousands of people have lost their livelihoods, and the gooey Gulf of Mexico may never fully recover. Not to mention the collateral damage of fouled beaches ruining vacations for families from all over the country and starving the economies that depend on tourism.

Right after the disaster, Hayward seemed to make matters worse every time he opened his mouth — and spent $1 million on PR, starring in that smarmy TV commercial. At first, he didn’t seem to fully comprehend the scope of his company’s destruction (with help from Halliburton and Transocean). Then before Congress, he revealed himself to be a typically clueless suit who was totally out of the loop and perfectly fine with it.

Rightfully, BP recalled Hayward to England, where he promptly jumped aboard his yacht to sail where the water isn’t slimy.

Hayward needed to go as CEO, but they’re shuffling him off to the board of TNK-BP, Russia’s 3rd largest oil company. Hayward will be paid $1.6 million on the barrel instead of working out his employment deal’s one-year notice, and he’ll be eligible for a $17 million pension and stock options that could be worth millions more if BP ever recovers.

Meanwhile, thanks to the Gulf disaster, BP lost $17.2 billion in the second quarter.

Apparently, BP learned nothing from the fury over Wall Street rewarding executives who run their firms into ditches. While people in the Gulf fight with BP to get their claims paid, Hayward is being rewarded with a cushy new job and enough money so he can walk away from it if he doesn’t like Russia and never work another day in his life.

So much for accountability. And the ultimate outrage is that Hayward still believes he’s the hapless fall guy.

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8 Responses to BP’s Tony Hayward: Still Clueless

  1. Tuxi says:

    Hi Yul! The little bastard Hayward still proved he did not learn a damn thing from all this, as well as the entire corporation. I’m convinced nobody in the upper eschelon of BP has a brain, heart or conscience. They are automatons, driven by the goal of the almighty dollar, people and wildlife be damned! I think Tony better have his son’s blood tested, cause something tells me he has 10W30 in his swimming baby makers!

  2. Joanaroo says:

    Tuxi, I hope I live long enough to see that little wanker come to his demise one of 3 ways: 1) His heating system run out of oil in a brutal Siberian winter storm, 2) He succumbs to a plate of Louisiana oysters that someone garnishes with a delicate spritz of Corexit, with a dollop of light, sweet crude on top, or 3) The Siberian tundra is expected to let loose a huge methane bubble once the permafrost thaws due to global warming. Siberia sat records this summer in the heat waves. If the well head in the Gulf stays stable, he may not be so lucky in Siberia. If the same thing happens there, may it be when nobody is there, but Tony celebrating a successful Siberian safety record!

  3. Joanaroo says:

    And Tuxi, there goes our idea of when we get rich of a vacation hideaway in Siberia. Desolate and isolated yes, but not enough! By the way, if Hayward was one of Lord Browne’s up and coming little turtles, was there a little more going on with these two than anyone knows but them?

  4. catsworking says:

    Joanaroo and Tuxi, I guess Tony Hayward won’t be invited over for an oyster roast at your house anytime soon!

    I find I’m liking the new guy, Bob Dudley. He had the job in Siberia, but apparently wasn’t hitting it off with the Russians, which may be a point in his favor. And he seems to “get” that Hayward left him a huge mess. And isn’t he from Mississippi or Alabama? That gives him a vested interest in doing the job right because he’s probably got family and friends who are personally counting on him.

    It’s a real relief to watch the news and not see oil gushing everywhere, but now they’re saying more than half of it is unaccounted for and they have no idea where it went, as well as the million+ gallons of dispersant, which may end up doing more damage than the oil.

  5. Joanaroo says:

    Nah, Yul, Mom isn’t a big seafood eater, except for an occasional crab cake, fillet, tuna or fish sticks if in a hurry, but I eat seafood in my Friskies. We both are sad though to see the sealife and other animals die due to the stupidity and callousness of BP and all oil companies doing this shit. A damn Canadian company, known for neglecting corrosion on a US to Canada pipeline had a spill of 800,000 gallons in a Lake Michigan tributary very recently and they are doing bird cleanup and it will affect the wildlife and fish there for a long time too in Michigan. And the head honchos are heartless, brainless bastards like BP’s. Stupid humans! Can’t they be more like us and when you make a pile of shit, you do what you have to to get it in a nice, neat pile, then you get a human to clean it up! Right Mom? (Yes, Tuxi, and unlike humans, you don’t make a stink about it and keep pointing paws (fingers)!-Mom).

  6. Tuxi says:

    Sorry, Tuxi! I took name credit for your comment, so you can have credit for this one. What I was going to say was, Tuxi and I hope he is Dudley Do-Right and he makes things go better than Hapless Hazard Hayward. Bob Dudley is from Mississippi, and he does seem personable. I hope he works to make things as transparent as he can at BP. It would be a win-win for everyone, plus how can he prove himself to be honest, ethical and conscienscious as a CEO if we can’t see how he runs things?

  7. catsworking says:

    Tuxi and Joanaroo, I read about that oil spill in Lake Michigan. If all these gushers can’t convince the “Drill, Baby, Drill!” bunch that we need to find cleaner alternative sources of power, I don’t know what will — except maybe drilling in their yards and then having an “oopsie!” that inundates their houses with black goo.

  8. Tuxi says:

    Hi Yul! Mom and I were reading on http://www.commondreams.org, how the Big Energy lobby and the Rethuglicans gutted the Clean Energy Act and Kerry and Lieberman let them do it because their cojones up and walked away. That’s what makes me mad at our stupid government of inept, corrupt humans! They know what needs done and what people that they supposedly govern want, but money and power go to the heads of those running the government, and the lobbyists and industry with all the money win every time. Yes, methinks Feline Power should take over and this day and age make it true Around Here The Cats ARE Really In Charge!!!

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