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By Kiera Butler at Mother Jones

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June 18, 2010 – Comments (9) | RELATED TICKERS: BP

Actually I think BP setting aside $20bil in order to pay claims is a good start. Having the US administer those claims is better for BP than the President as the whineys will be all over (bad, evil Government) every mistake payout made for the next three years. But, that is what they do.

On to Kiera's compilation of the ten most stupid things said by Congressman regarding the BP spill:

 

If we were to hold a contest for most tone-deaf oil spill comments by members of Congress, it'd be tough to top Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), who actually apologized to BP yesterday, for what he called a "shake down" on the part of the Obama administration to get the company to compensate affected Gulf coast residents, then tried to backpedal (sort of). Oof. But he's far from the only one: I sure hope our Congresspeople are buying offsets, since there have been an awful lot of gaseous emissions coming from them in the wake of the largest offshore oil spill in US history. Luckily, MoJo reporter Kate Sheppard has been there to document it, tweeting the absurdity live from Washington, D.C. Here, culled from Kate's tweets, are the top 10 most ludicrous, out-of-touch, and generally embarrassing things our Congresspeople have said in the months since the spill began. Begin cringing...now:

10. John Culberson (R-Texas), 6/15, at a press conference: Argues that the BP oil spill "is an anomaly–like an airplane falling from the clear blue sky."

9. Joe Barton (R-Texas), 6/15, at an Energy and Commerce hearing: "Chinese oil companies are drilling off the coast of Cuba, which means they are drilling off the coast of Florida."

8. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), 6/15, at an Energy and Commerce hearing: "If this hearing is not about stopping the leak, then why are we here?"

7. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), 5/4, told reporters:"I mean, accidents happen. You learn from them and you try to make sure they don't happen again."

6. Pete Olson (R-Texas) on moratorium, 6/15 press conference: "This is a kneejerk reaction by the administration to address a problem that doesn't exist."

5. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) 6/15, at a press conference: "It’s a shame we can't drill ANWR. It’s a shame we don't get that energy off the coast of Florida."

4. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.), 6/15, at an Energy and Commerce hearing: argued that the treatment of oil executives has been "disrespectful."

3. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), 6/15, at a press conference: "I resent the fact that [Obama's] trying to blame some of this on Bush. On 9/11 I don't remember Bush trying to blame this on Clinton."

2. Bob Bennett (R-Utah), 6/9, at a press conference: "The bridge to that promised land of renewable energy is built out of fossil fuels."

1. Joe Barton (R-Texas), 6/17, apologizing to BP CEO Tony Hayward at an Energy and Commerce hearing: "I am ashamed ... that a private corporation can be subject to what I would characterize as a shake down."

9 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 18, 2010 at 4:18 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

Is there any publicly traded company you hold in high regard?

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#2) On June 18, 2010 at 5:20 PM, TMFAleph1 (94.91) wrote:

Mother Goose certainly knows a thing or two about ludicrous, out-of-touch, and generally embarrassing things.

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#3) On June 18, 2010 at 5:29 PM, TMFAleph1 (94.91) wrote:

*Mother Jones, that is...

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#4) On June 18, 2010 at 8:32 PM, devoish (98.56) wrote:

chk999,

Why do you ask? Did I say something bad about BP or that I thought it was a good start? I kind of feel like I have given BP the benefit of the doubt toward trying to contain the gusher even though I am beginning to feel it was unearned.

Alex,

If you want to see BP clean-up crews pretending to work on clean beaches go to the Wall Street Journal. If you want to see oil soaked birds go to Mother Jones. If you want to see BP cleanup crews putting Bounty towels on oil soaked beaches go to Mother Jones. I am not sure I understand your comment.

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#5) On June 18, 2010 at 9:00 PM, TMFAleph1 (94.91) wrote:

If you want an absurdly one-sided look at the way companies conduct themselves, then by all means go to Mother Jones...

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#6) On June 18, 2010 at 9:49 PM, ChrisGraley (29.65) wrote:

+1 rec for saying that setting aside $20 bil in escrow was good.

The rest of the post is myopic political drivel.  

BP should have created the escrow account without being prodded. 

The hearing was a sideshow to make a few politicians look like they are taking charge.

The most out of touch person I saw from the above post was Kate Shepard.

The most in touch quote in the above post came from Michael Burgess.

 

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#7) On June 19, 2010 at 5:31 AM, devoish (98.56) wrote:

ChrisGraley,

+1 rec for saying that setting aside $20 bil in escrow was good.

Thanks for the "rec".

The rest of the post is myopic political drivel.  

The rest of the post serves to demonstrate how far up coprorate asses Conservative politicians have gotten their heads stuck.

BP should have created the escrow account without being prodded.

Agreed - but they did not! 

The hearing was a sideshow to make a few politicians look like they are taking charge.

Agreed - and to do a little "prodding".

The most out of touch person I saw from the above post was Kate Shepard.

Kate Sheppard merely passed the quotes on to us. She did not "opine".

The most in touch quote in the above post came from Michael Burgess.

"If this hearing is not about stopping the leak, then why are we here?"

Tell Mr Burgess he was there to help "prod" BP into setting up the escrow account.

 

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#8) On June 19, 2010 at 10:47 PM, ChrisGraley (29.65) wrote:

But the escrow account was set up before the fiasco.

Thanks for playing. 

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#9) On June 19, 2010 at 11:19 PM, devoish (98.56) wrote:

After polluting the Gulf, BP's executives certainly didn't want to come stand empty handed before pissed off Americans.

They knew they needed to bring more than a bottle of wine to that party.

 

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