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Gulf Oil Spill: Tell the Senate it's time to Hold BP Accountable: End Liability Cap

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If we allow our government to maintain the liability cap on companies that destroy American lives, property, and habitats, BP gets away with only having to pay the first $75 million in damages for this horrendous Gulf Oil Spill. Sign this petition at the link below, call or email your senators, let them know we want BP to be responsible for every penny in damages for their negligence in this oil spill.

Don't forget, BP made a $ 6 BILLION NET PROFIT in just the first quarter of this year alone. They have the funds to pay for their negligence. NO excuses, no passes. Take full responsibility BP and clean up the Gulf.

http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/nobpcap
BP wants you to foot the bill for their oil disaster.

They want you to take care of the thousands of fishermen whose businesses have been destroyed, pay to clean the growing number of animals
smothered in oil and pay to clean up the miles and miles of ruined
beach and marshland on the Gulf Coast.

But there's just no way taxpayers are going to bailout another reckless corporate giant. BP
must be forced to assume total responsibility for their mess. 

Sign our petition to the Senate:

When a company like BP conducts reckless projects that destroy our environment and our communities, they should assume full liability for
their actions and be held financially responsible for paying any
damages.
The current liability cap on companies who pose such a threat to our collective safety and livelihood ultimately puts taxpayers on the hook
for cleaning up someone elses mess.
We, the undersigned, demand the Senate eliminate the liability cap and force companies to pay for their disasters in full.  Taxpayers cannot
be expected to bailout another irresponsible corporate giant.  We need
accountability in business now.
Add your name to our petition now and take a stand for greater
accountability.  We'll deliver the signatures to the Senate next week.




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The actions of BP is criminal. Criminal Negligence. There is no way the US public, nor any other nations effected, should pay for any of this. They make the big profits, let them pay the big bills.
It's unfortunate that they can brag about making huge profits off of us, the government does nothing. They allow a catastrophic oil spill to ruin the environment for generations to come, and the government does nothing. I think they should pay every cent and then some and government should regulate the prices they can charge and pump oil solely from American soil. Take care of your country first.
Absolutely. I have been traveling to Ecuador regularly since 2001. I have kept an eye on the gas prices there to compare to our prices at home. Their gas is $1.45 a gallon today, and have been since my first visit in 2001. It has never gone up The very interesting thing to know is that while Ecuador's government is one of the most corrupt, poorest governments, the country has one of the highest poverty levels in the world....and yet even that government in those kinds of conditions do regulate the price of gas and oil in their country. The gas stations and oil companies are owned by the Ecuador government there, they are not privately owned as ours are. And while yes, the Ecuador officials do all the same corrupt things as our officials do to take bribes and make money personally off the oil and gas industries, they can still put a cap on how much goes into their own pockets to regulate the cost to the rest of the citizens. At least their government officials care enough to give their citizens a little break and keep the price down for the rest of the country. Our politicians are too worried about their own profits and lining their own pockets to look out for us too and turn a blind eye to horrible things the oil company does to get that money to them. To hell with the rest of the world. One day there will be nothing left in this world but a few rich men with nothing to eat ora clean place to live. I hope they die slow miserable deaths of starvation laced with poisoning.

Noelana said:
It's unfortunate that they can brag about making huge profits off of us, the government does nothing. They allow a catastrophic oil spill to ruin the environment for generations to come, and the government does nothing. I think they should pay every cent and then some and government should regulate the prices they can charge and pump oil solely from American soil. Take care of your country first.
Sad to say, one of the best things that could happen to this world, is to run out of oil. Hopefully there will still be a livable world left when that happens.

Sea currents, tides, even wave action can provide limitless clean energy. Sunshine is pure energy. Even the Earth itself pulses with electromagnetic energy. Not to mention wind energy.

We are now experiencing the worst man-made environmental disaster in the history of our nation. It may even end up being the worst ever seen in the entire world. In light of this, most of the concerns by those in charge (BP and the govt.) is about the costs and the cap on liability.

Big money, big oil and govt. corruption has allowed this to happen. Now they stand with their pants down making excuses, while signing more oil drilling contracts with still no mandates on extra safety measures.

We have not seen but a small glimpse concerning this disaster. The worst is yet to come.

If the next well they drill to fix this (won't be finished until August?) doesn't work, then what? Geologists say that it could gush for 30-50 years non-stop, if it can't be fixed. Yea, I am truly upset...
I think I am more mad at the government about this, with BP's horrible record of one of the worst in the industry and our government has let them continue on unchecked. It just seems that our corrupted system is what allowed BP to operate in such a negligent manner. If our government did the inspections and regulations correctly, then BP would have been kept in check and not allowed to operate in the manner that they do. When our politicians are taking "political contributions" from the oil industry, it just seems to be a conflict of interest, because then the politician will not support any laws or regulations that would piss off or cost the oil industry more money--because then they may not get more "political contributions" if they don't vote in favor with the oil industry. And that is the road that lead us where we are today. With the earth hemorrhaging and untold vast damages we will not comprehend for decades to come. And prior to this incident, the average person had no idea of how little the the gas and oil industry is really regulated. They get away with A LOT of damaging activities and the government turns a blind eye.

If the oil industry could figure out a way to be the only ones to harness the sun, wind, ocean tides just for themselves, and the governments could tax those same things, then those sources of alternative energy would have long ago been made more mainstream!!! But those things are available to everyone for free, so there is no motivation by big corporations to really make use of clean energy. Pretty much, people buy a one time set up, and then the corporations don't make any more money after that initial set up, they cannot sell us the sun, the wind, or tides for an ongoing profit. There is just not enough money in clean energy for Big Oil!

Catman said:
Sad to say, one of the best things that could happen to this world, is to run out of oil. Hopefully there will still be a livable world left when that happens.

Sea currents, tides, even wave action can provide limitless clean energy. Sunshine is pure energy. Even the Earth itself pulses with electromagnetic energy. Not to mention wind energy.

We are now experiencing the worst man-made environmental disaster in the history of our nation. It may even end up being the worst ever seen in the entire world. In light of this, most of the concerns by those in charge (BP and the govt.) is about the costs and the cap on liability.

Big money, big oil and govt. corruption has allowed this to happen. Now they stand with their pants down making excuses, while signing more oil drilling contracts with still no mandates on extra safety measures.

We have not seen but a small glimpse concerning this disaster. The worst is yet to come.

If the next well they drill to fix this (won't be finished until August?) doesn't work, then what? Geologists say that it could gush for 30-50 years non-stop, if it can't be fixed. Yea, I am truly upset...
Oil.. good to the last drop...

Several nations demand that the secondary acoustic remote shut off valve be added. Not so with the USA. The oil companies cry how it adds 1/2 million bucks to the construction costs. 1/2 mill,, Boo Hoo. They have already spent 938 million so far on trying to fix Deepwater Horizon. Doesn't BP now wish they spent that?

The answer is no. They have been approved 3 more rigs (since Deepwater ruptured) and those applications were identical to Deepwater's and the government said OK.

WTH, are the people who run BP, and run our government, really that stupid? Or, are they just that greedy? What will it take to make these offshore rigs safer? I say add a couple extra shutoffs. But I have no say-so, so it's business as usual. Anything they do or say at this point will be "blame game" to pass the buck, and/or cap the liability and pass the cost onto the taxpayer.
I think what we can do is spread the word, educate people about the lack of regulation in this industry, and if enough people write their senators and congressmen and let them know we want the drilling to be done safer for human safety as well as for wildlife and the environment. The only way anything is going to change is if the people demand their government change and we are not going to stand here supporting politicians who take the oil industries side anymore and tolerate oil companies legally bribing politicians anymore. Our officials are supposed to be looking out for the citizens interest and well being--NOT the oil industry's interests and well being! And that is exactly what has been going on within our government. We have to speak up. Maybe this is a big enough disaster, that has upset enough people this time, that enough people will raise their voice that the system be changed. it is our only hope.

Catman said:
Oil.. good to the last drop...

Several nations demand that the secondary acoustic remote shut off valve be added. Not so with the USA. The oil companies cry how it adds 1/2 million bucks to the construction costs. 1/2 mill,, Boo Hoo. They have already spent 938 million so far on trying to fix Deepwater Horizon. Doesn't BP now wish they spent that?

The answer is no. They have been approved 3 more rigs (since Deepwater ruptured) and those applications were identical to Deepwater's and the government said OK.

WTH, are the people who run BP, and run our government, really that stupid? Or, are they just that greedy? What will it take to make these offshore rigs safer? I say add a couple extra shutoffs. But I have no say-so, so it's business as usual. Anything they do or say at this point will be "blame game" to pass the buck, and/or cap the liability and pass the cost onto the taxpayer.
signed gladly
I signed ..but unfortunately didn't donate :)
They will get the message, donation or not. Pressure from people is what's important.

I see where the govt has opened up an investigation exploring criminal prosecution against BP

paulinel said:
I signed ..but unfortunately didn't donate :)
So true .. :)

Catman said:
They will get the message, donation or not. Pressure from people is what's important.

I see where the govt has opened up an investigation exploring criminal prosecution against BP

paulinel said:
I signed ..but unfortunately didn't donate :)
Their cap on the well seems to be working, to an extent. Best case scenario still means several 1000 barrels a day leaking until the new well is drilled (middle/late August).

Their best case would still be considered a disaster even if it was this way from the start. This whole thing sickens me, and the govt. is just making noise to sound politically correct to the voters. BP will go on, business as usual, unscathed...

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