British Petroleum, You Broke My Heart

Dear BP,

I know it’s hard to admit, but it seems like we’re just not as close as we used to be. We don’t seem to want to do the same things anymore. I miss when you were forward thinking and green. Now I think those good memories of us were just fiction. I know you don’t feel the same way, but you need to be able to admit it. So I’ll say it for both of us. I think it’s time to call it quits.

I wanted to believe you were different from the others. At the beginning, everything about our relationship was wonderful. You courted me with talk about how you were developing alternative energy strategies and how you would support deep-sea science. You convinced me that the risk of offshore drilling was minimal, a temporary fix until you could develop better ways. You convinced me that you had procedures in place to protect human life and prevent oil spills. I loved you because you were different and I thought we could bring a new future.

But I guess the honeymoon is over. I found out those were all lies. You led me to believe you were something you were not. You green washed and I bought it. You lied to me and to everyone else. You took short cuts and now we all face the aftermath. And now you seem to be spiraling in self-destruction mode. You continue to lie and even actively preventing others from finding the truth. You have alienated all my friends and called them liars.  You are in trouble with the law. You created a mess and responded poorly to it. You are like all the others. I won’t stay in a relationship with someone I can’t trust.

I think things are so deteriorated we can’t even talk about it. I wish we could but we can’t. We are too far apart now. Things have slipped away.  I hate you for making me fall in love with you.

Good bye for ever,

Dr. M

Dr. M (1618 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





7 comments on “British Petroleum, You Broke My Heart
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  2. It isn’t “British Petroleum’ – the name was changed in 2000 to BP to stand for Beyond Petroleum

  3. It is amazingly irresponsible of them to sit there allow this disaster to go on. Not only is it an political disaster, but also a public relations problem for the organization that now goes under the new name “Beyond Petroleum.”

  4. You changed your name from BP, British Petroleum to BP, Beyond Petroleum. Now take the next step to BR, Beyond Responsibility. I just hope there are millions of people like myself who will never buy your products again. Let’s hope your stock continues to decline and hopefully by the end of this year you will be out of business.

  5. A ripost not well thought out! The president keeps pointing out that it is BRITISH Petroleum ( a company 39% owned by american citizens !). Its an awful mess, but as a Brit with business interests in FL, my UK bookings are already down by 75% with the Brits because they are uncertain as to their reception Stateside (but the strong dollar v GBP is also a factor).
    FL is a holiday destination. It takes 1.4 million Britons a year as tourists. Current comments will deplete the dollars entering FL substantially. Please reconsider Mr Obama.

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