Planet BP – A World of Delusion 

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Not satisfied with the PR nightmare of their CEO heading out for a yacht race while the gulf is choking on oil, BP’s in-house magazine Planet BP has put on their rose-colored glasses to describe the horrific oil spill.

A “BP reporter” dispatched to Louisiana managed to paint an even rosier picture of the disaster. “There is no reason to hate BP,” one local seafood entrepreneur is quoted as saying, as the region relies on the oil industry for work.

Indeed, the April 20 spill on the Deepwater Horizon is being reinvented in Planet BP as a strike of luck.

“Much of the region’s [nonfishing boat] businesses — particularly the hotels — have been prospering because so many people have come here from BP and other oil emergency response teams,” another report says. Indeed, one tourist official in a local town makes it clear that “BP has always been a very great partner of ours here…We have always valued the business that BP sent us.”

The British stiff upper lip is all well and good, but this is absurd.


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