Congressman Barton Apologizes to BP ?!?

This video clip is so outrageous it speaks for itself:


In his opening remarks at House Energy and Commerce hearing, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) actually apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward.

Barton would have us believe that the greatest tragedy of the Gulf oil disaster is not the livelihoods or ecosystems destroyed nor the lives lost, but that BP was subjected to a “shakedown” by President Obama in order to secure a promise that BP would pay back Gulf Coast victims.

“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.”

This shows just how dysfunctional our political system has become due to big money from Big Oil. Rep. Barton is a leading recipient of oil money in congress.

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Rep. Barton embarassed himself yesterday, and I’m sad to see that several other GOP leaders – Haley Barbour, Rep. Tom Price in GA, and Rep. Michele Bachmann in MN – echoed his comments.

This is disgraceful. I hope that his constituents are flooding his offices with calls, demanding an apology to them and the residents of the Gulf.

Comment by Jenna on June 18, 2010 10:52 am

Another congressional weasel puts his foot in his mouth. I guess he was just trying to really earn the $100K+ in oil contribution money he’s received since 2009.

Comment by DaveH on June 18, 2010 1:39 pm

On the other hand, two other Gulf Coast Republicans, Reps. Joe Bonner (R-AL) and Jeff Miller (R-FL), are calling for Barton’s resignation as the ranking minority chair of this committee because of his shocking and completely misguided apology to the head of BP during the hearing last week

Comment by Jennifer Rennicks on June 21, 2010 1:13 pm

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