“Today’s announcement of a proposed settlement between BP and the US government fails every aspect of the commonly accepted notion of penalty,” said Greenpeace senior investigator Mark Floegel in response to the news.
“We’re stunned. This settlement is pathetic,” said Public Citizen’s Tyson Slocum. “The $4 billion penalty is equivalent to just a fifth of the company’s 2011 profits.”
“The point of the criminal justice system is twofold: to punish and to deter. This does neither,” he said.
Describing the deal as “a weak-tea punishment” Slocum said it would provide zero deterrence against reckless behavior by BP or other companies in the future.