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The Midmorning Refill: BP goes on the offense

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If you read one thing today…

BP is on the offense.

The company is one of more than half a dozen polluters named by Climate Action Network Europe as pouring money into U.S. candidates who oppose climate change legislation. In a new report, CAN Europe says the support “is all the more galling because the same companies argue that additional emissions reductions in Europe cannot be pursued until the United States takes action.”

Last year, BP and the other polluters CAN Europe studied emitted 130 million tones of greenhouse gases – equivalent to the annual emissions of Belgium. Apparently they don’t want to have to reduce it even a little bit, because making money apparently is more important then saving the planet.

Speaking of BP, the new head honcho, Bob Dudley, told attendees today at a conference that the media and competitors rushed to judgment after the initial explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf. They were guilty of “scaremongering,” he complained.

Let’s see now. We had the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. It killed 11 workers, wiped out tourism in coastal areas in five states, coated beaches in five states with oil and did untold damage to marine life in the Gulf.

But in BP’s world, those mean reporters were scaremongering. Unbelievable.