I just saw this item in Yahoo news about the representative from Texas, Joe Barton.
"Well, that was fast.
Barely 10 minutes into Thursday's landmark congressional testimony — where BP CEO Tony Hayward and other leading company executives are revisiting the Gulf Coast oil spill before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee — the first controversial statement has entered the record.
[The latest coverage of the hearings, updated continuously throughout the day, is available from the Associated Press and from Reuters.]
And no, it didn't come from the gaffe-prone BP brass. Instead, GOP Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the ranking member on the House Energy Committee, made a decisive splash in his opening remarks (from which Republican leaders immediately began distancing themselves). A staunch conservative who has a long record of backing oil industry interests, Barton apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the "shakedown" the Obama White House pulled on the company. (Barton has received more than $1.5 million in campaign donations from the oil industry, according to Open Secrets, a nonpartisan watchdog group.)"
And here's what else he said:
"I'm not speaking for anybody in the House of Representatives but myself," Barton explained, "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."
Wrapping up, Barton said: "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."
Has this man not been watching the news? Does he not see the devastation caused by BP in the Gulf? Does he not see how the environment and its wildlife are being destroyed with no end in sight? Has he not heard about all the businesses that are going under? Has he not heard how BP cut costs to build their well? Has he not heard that people are not being compensated because BP has not been paying people for what they've done? Does he not know what the consequences are from this disaster?
First they criticize President Obama because he's not showing enough emotion or doesn't appear to be doing enough and now this??? What the heck! Damned if you do, damned if you don't!