BP Named Official Sponsor of the UK’s “Greenest Ever” Olympics

May 8, 2012 at 4:25 PM 4 comments

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry:

Shouldering the weight of heavy oil spewed from the Gulf of Mexico’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a brown pelican struggles in sludgy surf on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana. (Photo: Win McNamee, Getty Images)

It was billed as the “greenest Games ever.” Hailed as the most environmentally friendly Olympics since the Greeks raced chariots through the streets of Athens (or some such equally ridiculous claim). In 2007, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) – with then-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s full support – promised to ensure preparations for the London 2012 summer Olympics would be made with unprecedented deference to environmentalism and sustainable development. Well, as it turns out, the only thing that has been sustained is a sham of monstrous proportions – a fraud that should make any sensible human being bloody furious.

You see, all that tough environmental talk and all those lofty goals of sustainable development have been completely undercut (and even mocked) by one singularly thoughtless, contradictory act: Signing BP as the official “Sustainability Partner” of London 2012.

How sublime. The Brits pick as a major sponsor of the greenest Games since who knows when the perpetrator of the worst oil spill in U.S. history – a devastating environmental disaster that continues to wreak havoc on the Gulf Coast and its weary residents. BP is truly the perfect ambassador. When I “think green” the first thing that leaps to my mind is 205 million gallons of Louisiana sweet crude spewing into the loins of the Gulf of Mexico.


This is truly astonishing.  Even if the London Olympics weren’t being billed as the “greenest Games ever,” it is an abomination that BP would be picked as an official anything for any event.  They should be shunned.

Geezus.  Awful.




Entry filed under: BP / Gulf Oil Disaster, Corporatocracy.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. fromthefourthcorner  |  May 8, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Really, its just an extension of the faux morality of the Olympics. I can’t stand the way they are presented as this “coming together” of humanity, when its really just a stage for nationalist chest-thumping, drug-cheats, and brushing complex social issues under the carpet (see Beijing, or representation of Aborigines in the Sydney games marketing). But I’m pretty cynical…

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  May 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    No you’re not. You’re realistic and honest. Beijing is a perfect example. Sweeping neighborhoods around the venue of poor people and shanties so tourists won’t have to see them etc., etc., etc. It’s awful what goes on.

  • 3. Arrby  |  June 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Naomi Klein’s Rolling Stone article, “China’s All-Seeing Eye,” about the Beijing Olympics was awesome (http://bit.ly/2nf29). And prophetic. She noted how ‘our’ western corporations helped the communist (nominally) state build a security/surveillance network (Golden Shield) for the event. (Well, It isn’t like it’s ‘only’ for that event.) She noted that: “One of the first people to sound the alarm on China’s upgraded police state was a British researcher named Greg Walton. In 2000, Walton was commissioned by the respected human-rights organization Rights & Democracy to investigate the ways in which Chinese security forces were harnessing the tools of the Information Age to curtail free speech and monitor political activists… Walton’s paper did have an impact, but not the one he had hoped. The revelation that China was constructing a gigantic digital database capable of watching its citizens on the streets and online, listening to their phone calls and tracking their consumer purchases sparked neither shock nor outrage. Instead, Walton says, the paper was “mined for ideas” by the U.S. government, as well as by private companies hoping to grab a piece of the suddenly booming market in spy tools. For Walton, the most chilling moment came when the Defense Department tried to launch a system called Total Information Awareness to build what it called a “virtual, centralized grand database” that would create constantly updated electronic dossiers on every citizen, drawing on banking, credit-card, library and phone records, as well as footage from surveillance cameras. “It was clearly similar to what we were condemning China for,” Walton says.”

    “Hopeless – Barack Obama And The Politics Of Illusion,” edited by Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank carries an entry by Jeffrey St. Clair about the Gulf Catastrophe titled “Let Them Eat Oil: The Bi-Partisan Path to the Gulf Catastrophe,” is dynamite. It’s a detailed look at how the catastrophe happened, the Obama admin’s responsibility for making it possible and that admin’s inept, uncaring response to it after the fact. I highly recommend the book. There’s 54 entries, mostly be different authors, covering a period starting in February 2007 until October 2011. Many individual entries, on their own, are worth the price of the book.

  • 4. Say It Ain't So Already  |  June 5, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Wow. Thanks for your very informative comment. And I agree that Obama’s (and his administration’s) response to the BP oil spill was unfeeling or uncaring. You could just sense it.

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