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

Lawmaker tells BP chief to 'commit hara-kiri'

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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. obama victim

    well.....there is some sophisticated political analysis....aren't we all just so proud

    June 15, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. Isabella

    BP has 40% British shareholders and 39% American shareholders.
    Crews working on the rigs were mainly Americans , rules and regulations were set and implemented by the federal government.
    If they want to lay blame , they might have to look a bit closer to home.
    Learn the facts and then judge for yourself.
    America is one , if not the largest consumer of fossil fuels.

    June 15, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. valwayne

    Wouldn't it be better if he was out working on stopping the oil rather than sitting in front of a bunch of Grand Standers in Congress? Do our elected representative have nothing better to do than waste our time? If they want to do something useful why don't they go down to the Gulf coast and help scoop up some oil?

    June 15, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Tania

    The President and Lawmakers have lost their decorum and are a disgrace for America.
    To think that these ill educated and foul mouthed people are representing our country.

    June 15, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Patricia

    Telling someone to commit Hari Kari is so wrong, no matter the situation! It's time Republicans and Democrats took some responsibility for our dependents on oil! BP isn't the only one at fault here. Republicans haven't wanted any regulations or government control and now they're crying foul??? Amazing!

    June 15, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    I don't think the CEO America of BP would have trouble getting the loan of a knife from the American public.

    June 15, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. AK Steve

    If all the oil execs go away, who is going to give all the free airplane rides, concert tickets, sporting event tickets and god knows what other "favors" to the Republicans?

    When looking for someone to point the finger at, don't stop at BP. Who passed all these laws that deregulated oversight? Who cut the oversight department budget to a shoestring? Who passed legislation to cap compensation at $75M? The Republicans did folks. The Republicans!

    June 15, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Augsbee

    Have BP issue a weekly check to all those people who are now unemployed due to their Fault. People in Louisiana need money!!!!!! BP has lots of money, insurance policies, investments, etc......Pay UP!!

    June 15, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    I wouldn't expect an oil guy to commit sepuku (the correct term), but I would line the BP, Haliburton, AIG and Blackwater executives against the wall and let the firing squad go at them.

    June 15, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Bill in California

    NO ONE GETS A FREE PASS HERE. All the mudslinging and name calling is truly 3rd grade stuff. I'm not talking about the Senate panel, I'm talking about the bloggers who feel a need to pin each and every wrong doing on the opposite party. EVERYONE of us has created the demand for oil and oil products since the automobile was mass produced. Greed is nothing new to either party and when the fat cat lobbyists come around with a bag full of STIMULUS MONEY who can resist?
    So before all you self righteous bloggers jump on the conversations being held in Washinton you might want to clean up YOUR act first.

    June 15, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. BeverlyNC

    The so-called "relief well" is not a sure fix. It is another "hail Mary" attempt to stop the leak but there are no guarantees it will work either. In fact, if BP makes any mistake of any kind, we will have TWO wells spewing oil.
    BP has never drilled this deep before (10,000 ft) and if anything breaks as they go that deep, they will be spewing another 100K barrels a day into our Gulf.
    It's time to throw these BP execs in jail and seize their American assets to pay for the cleanup and to pay the people in the Gulf whose lives they have also destroyed.
    Gotta love those Republicans who want President Obama to "leave BP alone and let the taxpayers pay for the spill"! Time to thrown them all out of office and send them to the Gulf to do clean up work for all the oil money they took as bribes for their oil company-favorable votes. Republicans are traitors to America and we must stop them before they destroy any more of our nation and its economy.

    June 15, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. Chris

    As much as I despise BP for this mess, I wouldn't want the guy to commit suicide. That would solve absolutely nothing. I'd expect our elected officials to be above such childish rhetoric. Honestly, this is something I'd expect to hear coming from a bunch of juvenile high school kids.

    June 15, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  13. Aaron

    Congress= blah, blah, blah with the oil companies. They call them in for price gouging, price fixing, polluting, etc. They never do anything to make a difference. Once the Nov. elections are over, this futile show will be over until around the summer of 2012.

    June 15, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. Bob (Illinois)

    These tough congressmen had better not do something that forces BP to "go under". The side effects would be massive!

    June 15, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Steve (the real one)

    Typical for Republicans – stir up the emotions, suggest something popular for the igno-troops, yet totally ineffective.
    Republicans? Really? What about the stuff we have been getting from DC for the past (almost ) 2 years?

    June 15, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    If a Democrat had suggested the top executive of a company commit suicide, the Republican self-righteous machine (aka, Fox, Limbaugh, Palin, etc.) would be ALL OVER IT!

    I wonder how the Foxers will respond to this coming from one of their own ...

    June 15, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. V

    WHY can't they (oil companies) work TOGETHER to get this nightmare handled. Mid August is a long way off, and how much oil will be in the Gulf by then? The whole region is ruined for untold number of years, and if the hurricanes hit and spread it on shore, what then. All of the oil companies should be pitching in and helping BP stop the oil from coming ashore as best possible right now. Together all five of them should be able to accomplish something more than we have seen from just BP. This shouldn't be a Party issue – we're talking about lives, jobs, & the our collective environment that is being devastated. It shouldn't matter what Party, but how quickly and effectively they can get this under control regardless of their affiliation.

    June 15, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. ehwilson429

    these dopes in Congress need to get lost.

    June 15, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |

    For some of you who feel that these comments are disgusting and embarassing, HEY GO TO THE GULF AND ASK THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING HOW THEY FEEL Perhaps some of them feel like
    hara-kiri is looking like a way out. Yes the comments were in poor taste and could have been expressed differently but BP I don't feel like this is all their fault (Halliburton). All who had their hand or involvement should be held 100% accountable. STOP THEM FROM DRILLING ANYWHERE ELSE UNTIL THIS WELL STOPS GUSHING AND THE CLEAN UP DONE PERIOD. THAT IN ITSELF IS PART OF THEIR PUNISHMENT FOR NOW.

    June 15, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Concerned Citizen

    First time a lawmaker actually verbalized the exact sentiment we all feel.

    June 15, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. Biased

    Seems the democrats are enjoying their 15minutes of hate fame and taking full use of it. It was a disgusting show from elected representatives to suggest committing suicide or Markey demanding BP apologize for their incorrect numbers when they are the government estimates and not BP's at all.
    Maybe they can put Obama in the hot seat and remind him that if they are all so fed up with the inaction of BP, that Obama told the world that BP can't do much more than breathe without their okay. So let's see how willing the dems are to take their own President to task for his lack of action and his wanton use of this for his own political agenda.

    June 15, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    There is no death or dishonor that will bring back what we had 60+ days ago, on the one hand... On the other, there is no death or dishonor that is too horrific for the soulless capitalists who perpetrated this on the Gulf Coast, America, THE PLANET.

    June 15, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. George of the jungle

    the repos are showing their usual class once again. The comments made about Hari Kari are just disgusting. NO ideas just playing politics. But what happend to drill baby drill and who is getting all the oil money??? The repos have no ideas just looking to bash present adminstration as usual. Hard questions are one thing but for our conservitive famil values bible thumping repos to suggest suicide/ How low can they go

    June 15, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  24. Adelita

    Ogod I hope Louisiana isn't going the way of South Carolina!

    June 15, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. Haas

    This guy is D-U-M-B, dumb. He's Vietnamese, it was the Japanese samurai who committed Harikiri. He says "we" to suggest that all Asians fell under the samurai code. I think many Asians would take offense to his lack of understanding considering the atrocities the Japanese military committed during WWI. Which include decapitating their prisoners...mostly Asian.

    He's just speaking for the cameras and his constituents who are going to vote him out anyway.

    June 15, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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