Dear Mr. Tony Haywood (From one geologist, Chris Landau to another)
"What the hell did we do to deserve this?" You are a lucky man, Mr. Tony Haywood.
You are a lucky man. You may not think so now, but today the 1st of May, 2010, you will begin to lead the world into a new green future. The other oil companies will follow, but you will make the hard changes that the world craves, but won't act on. Nobody likes oil. I am sure that the richest of your shareholders do not want to ever go near a dirty, noisy, smelly, ugly oil field. When you eat food there, you can even taste how bad it is. Everybody has supported oil for the convenience of transport. That support is now gone. There is another way.
This letter is in response to your rhetorical question, which I am sure you wished nobody had heard you ask. It was a good question and the start of great things to come. None of us deserve the bad things that happen to us. I am sure many do not deserve the good things either.
I charge you with the responsibility today, to start converting your company to a green energy company. Phase out this melanoma. The world will be proud of you. And if the animals and plants could speak, in English, they would remember you as the catalyst of change that made their world livable again. Though their health, we will feel better.
Now just because the rest of the world craves this disgusting, oily, smelly stuff and it drives the engines of the world, it does not make it right. They crave drugs too. That is also self destructive. We both know oil is highly carcinogenic and destructive to everything in its path. The fact that stock holders support you in the millions shows that you are not alone in believing that this toxic oil is good for business. And it is. It's just not good for the world.
"Reputationally, and in every other way, we will be judged by the quality, intensity, speed and efficacy of our response."
Mr. Tony Hayward, I believe you said, "Reputationally, and in every other way, we will be judged by the quality, intensity, speed and efficacy of our response."
That is spoken like a true man from the old days.
The clean up will go on and eventually after a large portion of the Gulf of Mexico has been poisoned, somebody will plug the well or it will stop flowing on its own.
These events that happen are those life altering moments that allow us to change direction so that one day we will be thankful that they came along.
Today you are leader of the whole oil world. You represent the whole oil industry whether they like it or not.