Tell BP: Invest in Renewable Energy, not PR
Five years ago, BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers. Oil gushed from the well continuously for nearly three straight months -- becoming the nation’s worst offshore environmental catastrophe.
From Texas to Florida, the spill damaged lives and livelihoods -- an impaired fishing industry, lost wages, ruined habitats, and headaches, nausea and other health problems for those who devoted their time to cleanup or simply live nearby.
Since the spill, BP touted its cleanup efforts via a $500 million public relations campaign, rather than spending those funds on diversifying to cleaner energy. BP CEO Bob Dudley’s pay rose from $10.17 million to $12.74 million last year. Come tax time, BP writes off the damages it pays, robbing taxpayers of billions of dollars.
The Guardian newspaper found BP is doing far less now on developing low-carbon technologies than in the 1980s and early 1990s when it spent hundreds of millions of dollars in research and development. Changing their name to Beyond Petroleum isn’t the same as putting their money where their mouth is.
It’s time to hold big polluters accountable. Let BP know you want it to prioritize people over PR campaigns and CEO pay. Sign this petition to show your support for investing in a clean, renewable energy economy. It’s way past time.