Bonus gem

The 5 oil executives are being grilled in Congress right at this moment. New York Times reporter John Broder, who is in the room for the hearing, notes that Energy Committee Chairman Markey's statement gave these examples of how apparently outdated the oil company plans for dealing with spills in the Gulf of Mexico appear to be:

Like BP, three other companies include references to protecting walruses, which have not called the Gulf of Mexico home for 3 million years. Two other plans are such dead ringers for BP's that they list a phone number for the same long-dead expert.

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