Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Joan Smith: What about compensation for Bhopal?

Demands for a $20bn fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill sit uncomfortably with US attitudes to the Union Carbide disaster in India

The Independent/UK, June 20, 2010

BP CEO Tony Hayward faces the music on Capitol Hill last week
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BP CEO Tony Hayward faces the music on Capitol Hill last week

Moral outrage is seldom a pretty sight. When BP’s chief executive Tony Hayward appeared before a Congressional investigation into the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there was little he could say to placate angry members of the energy sub-committee. Most of the committee members had turned up to take part in a ritual denunciation, a modern version of putting someone in the stocks, and Hayward remained for the most part impassive as the rancid eggs rained down.

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