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Poor Tony Hayward.
Mr. Hayward, better known these days as "that blankety blanking blank CEO of British Petroleum", has had a rough month. Ever since the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank
to the bottom of the ocean (taking 11 men with it — I don't think that gets mentioned enough), his days have been nothing but an unending cycle of suffering. BP's stock is trading at nearly half of what it was before the blast, its attempt at rebranding "British Petroleum" into "Beyond Petroleum" is now one big, sad, national joke, and Hayward has had to spend nearly $18 million out of BP's $93 million in daily profits "cleaning up" the oil gushing out of his broken well.
Forget the fishermen now sitting idle in port, watching their bills mount and their bank accounts dwindle; forget about the entire ecosystem being wiped out by Hayward's multiple massive (we're talking city-sized
) oil plumes; forget about the hotel owners, restauranteurs, and tour guides who will see their income slashed as people choose less oil-stained locales for vacation. Forget about all the other people, businesses, organizations, and wildlife that will actually suffer very real and very deep injuries from Hayward's spilt oil.
Forget all of them and focus on poor Tony Hayward. Before the Deepwater Horizon went down (killing 11 of his workers) he was enjoying the life of a Big Oil CEO — he made tons of money, flexed lots of power, and had loads of time to zip around the world on the corporate jet going on vacation. He could take the day to golf the Old Course at St. Andrews
. He had time to catch a nap in his diamond-bedazzled hammock. Life was good.
When the Deepwater Horizon exploded (11 guys died), poor Tony Hayward's easy street turned into pain avenue. He had to stay up late at night working, take more meetings, write more memos, and tell more people what to do. I'm sure he had a lot more reading to get through, to say nothing of all the extra e-mails hitting his inbox. It must take him at least an hour a day now to keep up with everything on Facebook.
Hasn't the man suffered enough? Can we please, please get this oil leak fixed so Tony Hayward can get his life back? Doesn't he deserve that? Don't we owe it to Tony Hayward, as a nation — no, as a world, to get the leak stopped so he can go back to living the easy life?
It seems like it's the only fair thing to do.