06/10/2010 09:34 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Arianna On Olbermann: BP Should Pay For Gulf Recovery, Not Taxpayers

Arianna joined Keith Olbermann on MSNBC's "Countdown" Thursday night to parse BP executives' complaints that the oil giant is struggling to pay its dividends. The company made $17 billion last year alone, she pointed out.

BP's protest is really code, Arianna told Olbermann, designed to lay groundwork for a taxpayer bailout of BP along the lines suggested by the Chamber of Commerce and House Minority Leader John Boehner.

Instead, she endorsed the creation of an escrow fund to handle oil spills damages claims that would be spun off from and independent of BP. She also called on politicians who have taken contributions from BP to donate that money to a gulf relief fund.


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