What is more disgusting than oil washing up on a Louisiana beach? The faux outrage expressed by Rep. Ahn Cao (R-LA) today during a House hearing which included testimony from the CEO’s of Chevron, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Shell, and BP.
During the hearing, Cao told Lamar McKay, chairman and president of BP America, that instead of resigning McKay should commit hara-kiri, an ancient form of suicide favored by Japanese Samurai.
Now, don’t get me wrong, BP has a lot of explaining to do. And Mr. Mckay, an American, will be a vital window into the operations of BP, a foreign company. As a result, Mr. Mckay should neither resign nor kill himself and it is wholly inappropriate for Mr. Cao to propose such a thing. Instead, let BP focus on fixing its leaking well. And as for Mr. Cao, he can start working in a bipartisan fashion to fix the broken system of federal regulations which played a large role in this disaster.
The last thing Louisiana and BP needs is another Johnny-come-lately trying to impress voters with how much ass they’re going to kick or how mad at BP they are.