Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Modesty, a BP Virtue

With leakage figures beginning at 290,000 barrels already and all-inclusive estimates of the Gulf oil spill’s cost to public and private sectors reaching as high as $22.6 billion, we had to double-check the dictionary when BP executive Tony Hayward said, "the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest.”

“Modest,” according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, is defined as “limited in size, amount, or scope.” Indeed, the oil spill has its limits—murky black plumes only cover a mere 2,500 square miles of American waters, but who’s really counting? We are.

So is the overall environmental impact "very, very modest?" We certainly don't think so.

See Hayward embarrass himself here.

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