BP has realized a doubling of first-quarter net profits of $5.60 billion in the quarter, up from $2.39 billion in the same period of 2009, thanks to higher oil and gas prices.
Yet, they couldn't spring for a $500,000 mechanism called an acoustic switch, that could have remotely shut off its ruptured offshore oil well.
Their wells in Norway and Brazil require an acoustic switch, while the one that is now leaking 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico - threatening sea life, birds, people, industry and property - in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, does not.
This relatively cheap safety measure isn't required under U.S. law - a sad legacy of regulatory neglect, left to us all, after eight years under Bush-Cheney Oil Party rule.
It's no small irony that Dubya's upcoming memoir, "Decision Points," (about 14 of his critical and historic decisions as pResident), does not include acting to safeguard our shores from the risks of a massive oil spill, that may well rival the 1989 Exxon Valdez ecological disaster.
Truly, a WHAT THE FUCK?!? moment!
BP Oil Spill Might Have Been Avoided