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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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Pragmatic

    Does the republican also hand out traditional knives to fellow republicans? I have a list ..

    Just remember Rand Paul thinks that the President is "un-American" for being too tough on BP ... after all – in Rand Paul's own words .. "accidents happen" ... advocating the idea the BP is not really to blame ...

    June 15, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. Haas

    BTW, in Japanese "Hara" means stomach and "Kiri" means cut. I don't think having the oil execs commit Hara-Kiri would be an effective way to get away from fossil fuels, but maybe Sekiyu-Kiri would...Cut Oil

    June 15, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. Mark

    This idiot thinks the Brits are going to give her sorry ace a warm reception? She is a fool.

    June 15, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. type of ritual suicide

    mid-August, what if it doesn't happen, are the ramifications

    none

    so what you said matters how much?

    nothing

    this hearing have any value?

    no

    June 15, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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