This Is An Ex-Scientist. He Has Ceased To Be!
They listed a four-years-dead scientist among their emergency contacts? Amazing. A couple years ago, when I landed my first staff writer job with an alt-weekly, I did not get the formal offer until they'd contacted and spoken to every one of my listed references. I had to pass a criminal background check, too.
11.50pm ET: [Committee chairman Ed] Markey [of Massachusetts] is also hitting the oil execs for their inclusion, among their cutting and pasting, of an expert named Dr Peter Lutz, a professor of marine biology in Florida. BP listed Dr Lutz as a consultant in its 2009 disaster response plan – and even included his contact details, including his phone number. Which is great, except that Dr Lutz inconveniently died. In 2005. So he won't be answering the phone.
(Maybe that explains why BP's response has been so poor – they are still waiting for Dr Lutz to get back to them?)
"It seems to me when you included Dr Lutz's phone number in teh plan, you have not taken the plan seriously," says Markey.
Exxon's Tillerson pulls on a suitably grave face in response, and intones that just because Dr Lutz's happens to be dead, "that does not mean the importance of his work died with him". Wow, that wins today's award for chutzpah.
In other words: a local fishwrap that paid me poverty wages to write about such topics as phone-sex companies, Furries conventions and trendy guys getting their balls waxed had more stringent oversight of its employees than a wealthy multinational corporation pushing the absolute boundaries of dangerous cutting-edge technology. Jesus.