The arrogance of this:
The political and financial pressure on BP escalated sharply yesterday as the US government demanded compensation for thousands of oil industry workers laid off as a result of a freeze on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The demand sent the company\’s shares plummeting on Wall Street amid worries over long-term survival prospects.
In an unexpected addition to BP\’s already huge liabilities from America\’s worst ever oil spill, the White House said it would press the company to pay the salaries of staff laid off as a result of a six-month moratorium imposed by the Obama administration on exploration activity in the Gulf. The freeze means a halt to work on 33 existing oil rigs, affecting thousands of jobs.
The sheer audacity.
Federal Government imposes drilling ban. This has, of course, effects on lots of people who used to work at drilling. Federal Government doesn\’t want to have to pay for the effects of its own actions. Hey, let\’s dump this cost on someone else!
Perhaps maties, if the costs of shutting down drilling are so high then drilling should not have been shut down?
After all, you are, rightly, saying that BP should carry the costs of its actions: what moral or practical justification is there for you not carrying the costs of yours?