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The gulf oil leak is the writing on the wall but the lettering has never been this large

May 30, 2010

After three weeks BP has yet failed to stop the constant leaking of untold barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Their behaviour up until now has been precisely that which the corporate mandate determines it to be. They have looked for the most cost effective solution to their problems: international pressure from governments that could lead to unfavourable operational conditions and the potential cost to BP’s brand in the eyes of the public.

Actually fixing the leak is the means to the end I’ve just described. They would have first considered whether they could get away with not fixing the leak. Once absolutely certain that not fixing the leak was no longer an option they would have considered the least expensive ways to do it and would try each of the cheapest methods in succession until one works.

In the meantime the cost to the biosphere is as yet incalculable but is ever increasing and is already thought to be the worst environmental disaster in US history.

Many people are once again shocked by this situation. I am not. I am feeling distressed, furious and powerless but if by now you don’t know what behaviour to expect from a corporation then you haven’t been paying much attention. The corporation is legally bound to put profit above all other considerations. The result is an entity that behaves like an utter sociopath because even human and animal life itself is of little or no importance. BP’s apparent concern with the environment is little more than our perception of its very skillfully delivered brand identity. It has jumped on the environmental band wagon because it reasoned that the net increase in profits as a result of a brand popularity boost outweighs the token gestures it allegedly adheres to in these matters.

The corporate model is the most powerfully ubiquitous business model in the world. If you understand the motivation behind such an organization would you still love, trust, respect or ultimately purchase any of its products and services?

BP is just one organization among many that behave in this way. Fully realizing this paints a very clear picture of the world. There is a profit paradigm behind virtually everything in our world and this is not sustainable in any sense. There is a war brewing between those serving and perpetuating this paradigm and those seeking to make a transition away from it. That war is today evident in the exchange between President Obama and BP.

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  1. rogerthesurf permalink
    May 30, 2010 9:20 pm

    “Their behaviour up until now has been precisely that which the corporate mandate determines it to be. They have looked for the most cost effective solution to their problems: international pressure from governments that could lead to unfavourable operational conditions and the potential cost to BP’s brand in the eyes of the public.”

    BP corporate mandate is to provide the very best return on their share holder’s investment.

    Having any sort of costly accident or disaster will effect their bottom line and their ability to provide those returns to their share holders.

    It is therefore not even slightly in the interests of BP or any other capitalist enterprise to risk any sort of disaster.

    Unlike governments who can turn to the taxpayer when funds are needed, BP like any business, does have finite resources and like any proper enterprise must always adopt the most cost effective solution. I also, (on behalf of the tax payer), would hope, but probably in vain, that a government in the same situation would also choose the most cost effective solution.

    This being the case, your above statement is absolutely incorrect. BP stuffed up for sure but yes they are paying for it.

    Now if the US was a socialist/communist state and the oil drilling was being carried out by some government department with faceless bureaucrats, who have nothing to lose out of their pockets, can you honestly say that more care would have been taken that would have averted this terrible accident?

    Cheers

    Roger

    http://www.rogerfromnewzealand.wordpress.com

    ps This comment and any replies will be posted under your blog name on http://www.globalwarmingsupporter.wordpress.com

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