Umm Thanks?

Two days ago I posted on the fiasco that characterized Transocean’s recent decision to give out bonuses because of their terrific 2010 safety record. This is despite the Deepwater Horizon even that resulted in a loss of 11 lives. Yesterday Transocean announced that

Transocean’s senior management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Steven Newman, announced today that they are voluntarily donating the safety bonuses that were awarded to them for 2010 to the Deepwater Horizon Memorial Fund.

“The executive team made this decision because we believe it is the right thing to do,” Newman said. “Nothing is more important to Transocean than our people, and it was never our intent to diminish the effect the Macondo tragedy has had on those who lost loved ones,” Newman said. “We offer our most sincere apologies and we regret the impact this matter has had on the entire Transocean family.”

While I commend them on this decision it doesn’t distract from the original complete grasp of reality.

H/t to gCaptain

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

One comment on “Umm Thanks?
  1. Sometimes you have to wonder if people like that live on the same planet as the rest of us. Don’t they have PR people to tell them that maybe that’s a bad idea in the first place?

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