I’m seeing a lot of BP oil advertising on TV for some reason, so I’d thought I’d share some of BP’s modern history. In ’91 BP was cited by the EPA as the most polluting company in America. In that same year they were fined 1.7 million for burning toxic gas in Ohio. BP Exploration Alaska’s contractor Doyon Drilling illegally dumped paint thinner, waste oil, and other toxic chemicals on the Alaska North Slope from 1993-95. Ten years later one of their bigger refineries in Texas City exploded killing 15 people and injuring 180 others due to 709 safety hazards and violations. They had a 270,000 gallon spill on the Alaskan tundra. In ’96 roughly 5,000 barrels worth of oil leaked out of the Alaskan pipeline which finally led to a temporary shutdown of operations in Prudhoe Bay–a year later 2,000 gallons of methanol and oil leaked on the tundra. Meanwhile in Houston, BP energy traders were charged with manipulating the prices of propane. Two weeks before the Gulf spill, 530,000 pounds of chemicals–benzene, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and propane–leaked into Texas City’s air. But it’s alright if a few people and some wildlife die because the only thing BP spills more than oil is money. In 2009 they broke their previous lobbying record, dumping 16 million into Congress. Lastly, the Gulf spill, the four month long dump BP took in the Gulf of Mexico. BP’s slogan is “Discover how BP is Committed To America and the Future of Energy.” Spoiler: BP isn’t committed to either. And their ads say they create jobs, but what they’re really good at making are problems.