They say: "Give us permission to go back to deep water drilling or we won't be able to afford to pay the people whose lives we destroyed the $20 billion we pledged."
They've already proved they don't know HOW to do deep water drilling.
And now -- they're using their bookkeeping system to try extortion (because they're doing the numbers on BP USA only. BP is multi-national and doing very very well.)
At the same time, they're blaming US for the explosion and spill -- really.
Because we didn't do enough enforcement of the regulations they violated.
Like some sociopath who says "You shouldn'ta left your door unlocked. It's YOUR fault that I robbed and raped and murdered the people in your house. Otherwise I wouldn'ta been able to get in there."
So, here's the only answer we can give them:
"HEY BP -- GO FUCK YOURSELF!"
Nationalize all of BP's assets in the USA and sell those assets to American oil companies -- Gulf, Exxon, etc.
File felony charges against their entire Board of Directors for Criminal Negligence, Negligent Homicide, Murder (if people die when someone is committing a crime, then it's murder) and extradite them.
If they really want to play Capone-style Chicken, they should remember -- THEY'RE asking US to give THEM permission. And all their stuff is in OUR yard. And we HAVE $20 billion to distribute among the damaged people. So I don't see how they can think they're in a position to make demands.
And, oh, yeah, speaking of the way the late Al Capone did business -- our president is from Chicago.