TX Gov. Rick Perry: ‘Oil Spill Act of God’ Not BP’s Fault
May 4, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Texas Governor Rick Perry, a far right-wing tea party favorite, who has flirted with secession to play to his fringe base, believes the Gulf oil rig disaster was not the fault of the poor oil companies, such as British Petroleum, but was an unavoidable ” act of God.” Corporate apologists and proponents of de-regulation of the oil industry, such as Perry and Dick Cheney’s crew during the Bush administration, are largely responsible for this environmental and economic calamity. An act of God? Hardly. How about the fact that BP Oil didn’t want to bother to pay $500,000 for a back-up remote-control acoustic shutoff switch, used by rigs around the world?
According to a report by the Dallas Morning News, Perry made his remarks during a news conference while he was in Washington, D.C. on Monday, when asked to comment on the Obama administration’s response to the Gulf oil spill disaster:
“From time to time, there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented,” Perry said. “So until we know that, to make a judgment on this administration or any further activity may be a bit premature.”
Perry, through his staff, attempted to minimize Perry’s comments, but the right-wing Governor continued to make apologies for BP, the firm that leased the oil rig, responsible for its operation:
“The governor’s staff says Perry was not insisting that an “act of God” caused the spill. (He later said that he suspects a “mechanical failure” is the cause.) Perry aides say that he was simply making the point that it is too early to blame BP PLC, which leased the rig that was drilling the well.”
But his comments to reporters make clear that Perry does not attribute blame to the oil companies, saying he can’t say for certain that a “big wave” didn’t cause the explosion and the resulting oil spill:
“I don’t think that a big wave came along at a very inopportune time and caused … but I don’t know that,” he said. Perry declared that BP “historically had a very good safety record from my perspective,” even while he was forced to acknowledge a deadly blast at a Texas BP facility in 2005, killing 15.
“If you go from that point forward, they realize there is a bull’s eye on their back,” Perry said. “If there is a company that knows the world, the United States and Texas is watching what they are doing, it would be British Petroleum,” said Perry.
In Perry’s worldview, the deaths of oil workers and the destruction of our environment are just acceptable collateral damage, when it comes to allowing major oil conglomerates to make billions by draining the natural resources from our planet.