Gem of the day

Businessweek continues its run of excellent pieces on BP's shift from highly visible humility post-Gulf of Mexico to aggressive litigation and denial, pointing out how the company is becoming one giant law firm.

The best example is delivered through an interview with CEO Bob Dudley, who pulls no punches with lines like this one about alleged corruption in the claims process:

"We’re a big investor in the United States, and we’ve challenged this really strongly. It’s just not right."

Anyone looking for more insight into Dudley's remarkable attitude might find grist for the mill later in the interview, when he attempts to answer the following:

[Interviewer]: "Why do people hate oil companies?"
[Dudley]: "People in oil and gas are sort of perplexed by this...I absolutely, passionately, and thoroughly enjoy oil and gas."

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