Republican Representative Joe Barton Apologizes to BP’s Tony Hayward, Calls Compensation Fund a “Shakedown”

Who’s feeling sorry for BP? Apparently Texas Representative Joe Barton, who in a House Energy and Commerce hearing apologized this morning to BP CEO Tony Hayward for what he characterized as a “shakedown” from the government.

Further reading:
White House response to Barton’s comments – The Hill
Barton’s historic support of Big Oil and offshore drilling – Huffington Post
The Video BP doesn’t want you to see (who is shaking down whom?) – Hippie Magazine
Gulf state Republicans “calling for his head” – Politico

Love means never having to say you’re sorry – and nobody’s lovin’ Joe Barton

Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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