In December 2010, BP earned the top spot in MAD’s “20 Dumbest People, Events and Things” with their horrific oil rig explosion and the disastrous oil spill that followed in the Gulf of Mexico. Today, BP finally admitted their guilt, agreed to pay $4.5 billion in fines and pled guilty to 14 criminal charges. A small bit of justice for the 11 people killed in the explosion and the millions more whose lives were disrupted or forever ruined by BP’s gross incompetence.
After months of Republican attacks, President Obama told the EPA to withdraw the pending Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards. So now we know which side ALL of our elected officials come down on when it comes to choosing between alleged “job killers” and proven people killers.
It brings to mind a classic Max Brandel image from MAD #142 (April 1971). Is it just us, or is it getting harder and harder to swallow what they expect us to breathe?