June 15th, 2010
04:43 PM ET
5 years ago

Lawmaker tells BP chief to 'commit hara-kiri'

Executives from five of the world's largest oil companies appeared before the House Energy and Enviornment subcommittee Tuesday.
Executives from five of the world's largest oil companies appeared before the House Energy and Enviornment subcommittee Tuesday.

New York (CNNMoney.com) - A hearing to discuss the future of national energy policy got pretty ugly, as lawmakers slammed executives from five of the world's largest oil companies Tuesday.

At one point Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., called on Lamar McKay, chairman and president of BP America, to quit his job. Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, R-Louisiana went so far as to suggest McKay try a type of ritual suicide.

"Mr. Stearns asked you to resign. In the Asian culture we do things differently. During the Samurai days we just give you a knife and ask you to commit hara-kiri," said Cao, who is of Vietnamese descent.

McKay did not respond to these comments. However, he did say that a relief well will allow his company to get the leak under control "by mid-August."

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass. called on executives from BP, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell Oil to answer before his House Energy and Environment subcommittee Tuesday. Specifically, he wanted to focus on the ongoing spill, renewable energy development and the effect of President Obama's six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling.

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Filed under: BP • Congress • Ed Markey • Energy
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. JES

    You guys are a bunch of jerks. I guess you have a little power and it all does to your head.

    Just shut up and try and find a way to solve ths problem.

    June 15, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Gary

    Hold BP's feet to the fire, but suggesting suicide is just rude. Apologize please.

    June 15, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. phoenix86

    What an embarrasing show of ignorance from our elected officials.

    June 15, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    Perhaps if the entire Federal government were to commit suicide, the US economy would recover quicker.

    June 15, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Pedro

    Nice to see the Republicans keeping it classy. As always.

    June 15, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    And miss out on those multi-million dollar salaies and bonuses? I don't think they are honorable enough to even admit they have exploited our entire country for years.

    June 15, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. R Ricci

    Where is the OUTRAGE?

    June 15, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Better yet, kill off these ruthless leeches by turning to renewable energy and cutting into their profits (salaries and bonuses).

    June 15, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. jeff

    The only people in the room more toxic than the oil boys are the self-righteous, chest-thumping, arrogant clowns running the hearing.

    June 15, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. Dave

    Who are these idiot law makers who has done and managed nothing in their life?

    June 15, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    I'll gladly help with the beheading portion of the program if they'd like to opt for sepuku instead.

    June 15, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Rob

    And, to think, just a year and a half ago, these same right-wing bozos were shouting, "Drill, baby drill!"

    June 15, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Me

    Time to replace them all!

    June 15, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. J.T.

    Wow Cao, THAT IS GANGSTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    How to Win Friends and Influence People

    June 15, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. normajean

    Not only are these suggestions disgusting but are very degrading coming from representatives of our government.If these are the best you can do, I think you should all excuse your selves and go hide somewhere. In another story this A,M, the Repubs, true to form, are now trying to make the entire problem even worse by insinuating that the president is using this ghastly tragic event of the oil spill for his own political purposes. As has been said politically before, "have you no shame?"Just when you think that some Repubs have stooped as low as they can get, they continue to berate a man who is fighting five or six battles all at once with everybody yelling for him to do more. "have you no shame?"

    June 15, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Marty, FL

    Wow, I agree BP should be held accountable, but suggesting suicide from a congressman supposedly pro-life seems a sad farce beyond the pale.

    June 15, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. p

    Wouldn't they just execute these guys in China?

    June 15, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. amlcpamaine

    Typical for Republicans – stir up the emotions, suggest something popular for the igno-troops, yet totally ineffective. Such an action as suggested would not only do NOTHING to solve the problem but would slow down any work by legitimate, competent employees within these firms. Classy? no, stupid.

    June 15, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Ron in California.

    Maybe congress should resign as well. we'd save a lot of money.

    June 15, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Ed Markey is the only one with a brain that has anything useful to say. The Gulf State congressional group whether it be Democrat or Republican are mere puppets of the Big Oil Lobby. The facts don't lie – do some investigative journalism and look where Trent Lott and Breaux work at now – in their "retirement" years after the Senate.

    June 15, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. NVa Native

    It's like the Repubs are looking in a mirror when the look at this panel.

    June 15, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. AceOfClubs

    I knew it was a Refuse-lican before I even read the story. And the fact that he's from Flori-duh, well, duh.

    I'm enjoying the hell out of watching the PartyOfNo self-destruct. All those phony "family values" hypocrites, all that phony populism. Priceless.

    June 15, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. al in memphis

    There is a big difference in companies that drive their employees to to the right thing and companies that drive their employees on only focus on saving money.
    Hey BP - how is that extra $8 to$10 million in savings looking about now?

    June 15, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. american patriot

    Well it would save Tax Payers from having to Execute him for liying to us, siezing american soil and blocking FREEDOM OF THE PRESS and ruining our entire Coast and poising the Oceans.

    I would say that is a fair sentence.

    Now to the Bankers..........

    June 15, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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