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May 11, 2010

I’m Pink as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take it Anymore

Compared to the immutable faces of the bankers when they do the drill on Capitol Hill (pardon the pun), these oil execs could stand to take a few lessons.

1. If a lot of people think Code Pink is one-part carnival act, one-part background noise, the photo does seem to touch a shame chord here in harassing a head-bowed Chairman and President of Beyond Petroleum. Nice hard hat!

2. It looks like a committee minion doing dictation, but it wouldn’t have made the newswire unless it spoke of pain and suffocation.

3. If David Nagel is now BP’s executive VP in charge of dodging slings and arrows, and he’s rapidly losing friends and looking lonely in a crowd, that’s why he gets paid the big bucks.

photo 1: Jason Reed/Reuters caption: A protester holds a sign behind Lamar McKay, Chairman and President of BP America, during a break in testifying before a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the accident in the Gulf of Mexico involving the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in Washington, May 11, 2010. U.S. lawmakers start two days of hearings in Washington on the deadly drilling rig explosion and the oil spill that threatens an economic and ecological catastrophe on U.S. Gulf shores.

photo 2 & 3: Mark Wilson/Getty Images. caption 2 Lamar McKay (L), president and chairman of BP America; Steven Newman (2nd-L), president and chief executive of Transocean: and Tim Probert (3rd-L) participate in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on May 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on the accident in the Gulf of Mexico involving the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. caption 3: David Nagel, Executive Vice President of BP America, sits during a break in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on May 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on the accident in the Gulf of Mexico involving the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.

  • lytom

    Face seems to be sad and downcast, yet those who wield the power were the ones who stood up for drill and drill and gave the go ahead time and time again…
    I do not see any dire consequences for BP and Halliburton. There is not going to be following the Chinese recipe for corporate crimes…
    This is just a regular circus to appease the public…and the oil flows and flows…and so does the money…

  • Gasho

    These oil dudes are guilty of trying to cut corners to increase their wealth, that’s true. But let’s not forget who’s paying for all that oil in the end – “Power to the People” could easily be read as a demand for oil, thus complicity in this whole friggin’ mess.

    I really like Code Pink in general, but this guy needs to think this whole thing through. He’s protesting HIMSELF as much as anybody else.

  • http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/52146 yg

    i googled to see if there more images of the demonstration. the only other ones were of the same guy joined with medea benjamin at the hearing. how sad is that? an event so calamitous, yet only 2 protesters could be bothered to show up?

    but then i ran across this that indicated there were more people:

    A second group of protesters staged a more quiet show of opposition in black T-shirts emblazoned with “Energy Shouldn’t Cost Lives,” applying make-up in the shape of black tears.

    but alas, i couldn’t find images of that event.

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