Coyoty (coyoty) wrote,

Texas Rep. Joe Barton apologizes to BP for $20 billion "shakedown".

Republican politicians are backing away quickly from the comments of GOP House Rep. Joe Barton of Texas during House Energy Committee hearings today.  Barton, who has a long political relationship with the big oil companies, apologized to BP CEO Tony Haywood for the Obama administration holding the company accountable for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and coaxing $20 billion of reparations from the company, which he called a "shakedown".

Barton's  words:

"I'm not speaking for anybody in the House of Representatives but myself... but I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown. In this case a $20 billion shakedown...

"I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong, is subject to some sort of political pressure that is, again, in my words — amounts to a shakedown, so I apologize."  (Emphasis mine.)

He should be ashamed.

Yahoo! News article.

Tags: bp, british petroleum, hearings, joe barton, obama, oil spill, politics
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