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#1 White Tiger

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 03:36 PM


Hey there, Americans! I'm sure, by now, many of you have had some time to reflect on the massive, unfolding Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and thought to yourselves, "My, that really is a terrible, apocalyptic cock-up!" But have you gone so far as to think to yourself, "My, that really is a terrible, apocalyptic cock-up, the costs of which I should logically be burdened with, because I am responsible for everything that happened?" No? Well, you should maybe start thinking that way, because the U.S. Chamber of Commerce thinks you should!

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 03:41 PM

Ah yes, Tom Donohue, the guy who threatened us if we dared elect a Democrat in 2008.    :suspect:
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Posted 10 June 2010 - 10:22 PM

Taxpayers should only have to pay for it if BP goes under.  BP is responsible for the oil spill, thus they should be responsible for the clean-up.  It makes a certain amount of sense for the government to step in and help to get it cleaned as quickly as possible, but the costs of that should be a loan that BP has to pay back if they want to continue doing business in the US.
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#4 Captain Jack

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 02:02 AM

How are taxpayers responsible for the oil spill?  That's right, they're NOT.  Let's take it out of the US Chamber of Commerce's payroll and see how appealing that idea is to them?  ;)  Like that will ever happen, lol.  BP is in no way of going under either.  In fact, their stocks actually went up as of Thursday.  So I have no doubt they can afford this and I am in no way going to feel guilty for their disasterous mistake.
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#5 Balthamos


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Posted 11 June 2010 - 03:41 AM


It is generally not the practice of this country to change the laws after the game," said Tom Donohue, the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

It sounds to me like this is referring to the laws in place which state that the oil company only have to pay up to a certain amount of the clean up bill before the state starts paying.

Of course the the rest of the articles shows how he stated that it's tax payers money that should be spent but isn't this what the law requires? It's not necessarily his own personal preference.

Now before anyone starts shouting at me I think oil companies should ALWAYS have to pay the COMPLETE costs of cleaning up a spill. It would make them much more worried about them not happening in the first place. I do think that this article is trying to kick up a storm and make people angry about someone in a position of power talking about the law. Not kissing the backside of big business.

I do also think that changing laws and applying them retrospectively can be a dangerous precedent to set.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:03 AM

b*llsh*t.  Er....horse pucky.

Edited by Rhea, 11 June 2010 - 10:05 AM.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:06 AM

I'm with Rhea, no effin' way.

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