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Out & About THE INDUSTRY
t the time of this writing, the summer has entered the dog days of August and the BP oil spill has been effectively capped for several weeks and counting. I think we would all agree that it’s been a nonstop ball of fun having our industry solidly in the limelight this summer as BP worked to get the thing capped and the mess cleaned up. It’s one thing to try and keep the green wackos at bay, with their solar panels and windmills, without this thing providing them with more misguided ammunition to target our beloved petro-business. With everything that’s gone wrong, at least the spill has provided some needed humor from the political side show that it has attracted. In June, the Wall Street Journal reported that our silver tongued president said in so many words that “he would have fired Tony Hayward, former chief executive of BP, if he worked for him.” Consider that this choice piece of bluster came from a former community organizer who never ran anything, business or governmental, prior to becoming president. He also stated that Mr. Hayward deserved to have his “ass kicked.” Now I find that bold talk from a guy who barely rolled it across home plate when tossing out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game last year. My money’s on Mr. Hayward, he may be small in physical stature but if he’s like most
seasoned oilmen, it’s going to take a couple of secret service guys holding him down for our girl-throwing president to deliver that ass kicking. In the Obama family, short of his ne’er-do-well brother in Kenya, Michelle’s the one I’d hate to tangle with. Bourbon Street is the appropriate venue for this Michelle vs. Tony cage match. What this oil spill situation has needed from the very beginning is cohesive leadership and teamwork – not political grandstanding and threats. But that won’t happen as long as the liberal mantra of “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste” prevails with the meatheads in Washington. On a final note, I would like to invite all FPMA members to attend the Conference of Committees Meeting at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort, November 9 and 10. I’ve attended this event numerous times in the past and find it probably the best gathering of association membership throughout the year. I hope to see you there. Have a winning autumn and college football season. ❍ Mark Radosevich is a strong advocate of the retail petroleum industry. He is president and COO of PetroProperties & Finance, LLC, a company that offers confidential mergers and acquisition representation and growth financing services exclusively to the petroleum industry. He can be contacted at 423-442-1327 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Radosevich is a frequent contributor of opinion articles regarding the petroleum industry. His opinions are not intended to convey the opinions of FPMA, its officers or its members.
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