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Monday, November 29, 2010

Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm.......

Saw this New York Times story over the weekend and for a moment, I actually thought that maybe the folks at the Onion may have hijacked the pages of the Grey Lady for the weekend, figuring that folks were too busy shopping and watching football games to notice

But not having seen any highly publicized request by British Petroleum for a retraction to the Times story, I've reached an inescapable conclusion: Either the company is getting some colossally bad public relations advice or they've taken complete leave of their senses.

Unlike some people, I have no wish to see the company go belly up. Too many jobs are at stake, both here in the United States and around the world.

But instead of devoting financial resources to a project that has no hope of being seen as a balanced look at what happened during this summer's massive oil spill in Gulf of Mexico, how about focusing the company's financial resources on improving safety measures so that something like this never happens again?

Or better yet, maybe BP should increases its investments in a variety of renewable energy projects. If executives at the company really want to change their image, that 's a good place to start.

It won't come cheap and it won't happen overnight. But real contrition and a rehabilitation of a company's image never does.


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