Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) lost his mind his frickin’ mind and PUBLICLY APOLOGIZED to BP’s CEO at a congressional hearing. Barton called President Obama’s 20 billion dollar fund, money set aside by BP for economic victims and recovery on the Gulf Coast, “a tragedy in the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown.”
You’ve got to see it. Even Tony Hayward looks like he can’t believe what he’s hearing:
Well, someone must have given the representative from Texas a “Come-to-Jesus.” Barton has officially called “takebacks!”
I apologize for using the term ‘shakedown’ with regard to yesterday’s actions at the White House in my opening statement this morning, and I retract my apology to BP. As I told my colleagues yesterday and said again this morning, BP should bear the full financial responsibility for the accident on their lease in the Gulf of Mexico. BP should fully compensate those families and businesses that have been hurt by this accident. BP and the federal government need to stop the leak, clean up the damage, and take whatever steps necessary to prevent a similar accident in the future. I regret the impact that my statement this morning implied that BP should not pay for the consequences of their decisions and actions in this incident.”
Maybe Barton’s senses lapsed because he considered his biggest contributors…the oil and gas industry:
|Oil & Gas||$1,448,380|
|Energy Future Holdings Corp||$83,650||$42,650||$41,000|
It’s the Americans on the Gulf Coast who deserve the apology, Barton. Fuckstick.