Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Beyond Petroleum

“No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.” —P. J. O'Rourke

With those record oil profits this year it's funny how BP could allow its infrastructure in Prudhoe Bay to corrode to the point of leaking. It was obviously more important to put those profits in company and shareholder pockets than to conduct themselves as a legitimate business with a responsibility to maintain its equipment.

The pipelines are, supposedly, monitored and tested continuosly. Suddenly they discover corrosion. On 75% of them? Curious.

Either BP is an outright incompetent at running a business, or the pipeline is really not leaking and it's just more hype to increase the price of oil. They're shutting it down not for fun but for profit.

Actual unretouched photo, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, know what I mean?

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