October 6th, 2010
12:05 PM ET

Dodo trophy goes to BP's Tony Hayward

Former BP CEO Tony Hayward gets the bird.

BP's former CEO has won a couple yachting trophies in his day. But displaying his latest trophy probably won't fly with him.

The Center for Biological Diversity, a non-profit organization, has given Hayward its 2010 Rubber Dodo Award. The award recognizes the person who the group says "has done the most to drive endangered species extinct."

According to the Center: "Under Hayward's leadership, BP secured the right to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico by submitting documents to the U.S. government falsely claiming that a major spill could not happen. It also submitted a false and ludicrous spill-response plan claiming it could capture spilling oil before the oil caused any environmental or economic damage."

During the months-long worst oil spill in U.S. history, more than 3,600 dead birds were collected in the Gulf, wildlife officials said. Hundreds of turtles and other animals were lost.

Hayward was called before a British parliament committee to discuss the spill and said cost cutting had not led to the disaster.

As the mouthpiece of BP, Hayward had a penchant for putting his foot in it. In May, he told the "Today" show that "there's no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back."

He stepped down as BP's CEO in July and took a seat on the board with TNK-BP (A split venture between Russian investors and BP.)

The dodo is a flightless bird commonly used as the archetype of an extinct species.

Hayward is the fourth person to receive the annual award. Previous winners are (2009) land speculator Michael Winer; (2008) then-Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin; (2007) Interior Secretary Dick Kempthorne.

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  1. Ms V

    Too funny...and rightly deserved...considering the more 4,000 dead birds, thousands of sea turtles, fishes killed...not to mention the effects on the whales and the sea turtle nests (oil came ashore) and the migratory birds who will be flying this way... Anyone who says BP did NOTHING to harm the environment ... only need go to the gulf coast shores.

    October 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Artie

    That photo of that Dodo Bird is hysterical...Lol

    October 6, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Kenny

    Tony Hayward should collect the award next year for being a real DODO too. Either that or they should award him two awards this year. He is a Natural Dodo.

    October 6, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Dan Bednarik, PhD

    Well, then they should give that bird to every member of Congress and Executive government. In fact, for them, it should be "Pinocchio" with nose fully extended.. self interested liars such as they are.

    October 6, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Tina

    This is too Fred, Are you kidding me? I live here on the Florida Gulf Coast and what that man ( if you can call him one) and his company did to this area is unforgivable!!! He so deserves this award.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • whitmanguy

      He and his company deserve worse. It is a measure of the relative powerlessness of those who care and those who are most vulnerable that this award is about the worst he'll have to endure.

      October 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brian

    Why can't we all just get along? Group hug everyone! Come on...gather around! That way I can stop laughing at the false sense of importance these comments have.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. elroy

    I agree with pere and skip. Look at the gov't cover up on how much was spilt. Even I know it was worse than what they said. As a common man can guess the amount of oil under pressure coming out that it was more then what our gov't let us know.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. saaly

    Obama should have won.

    October 6, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Gary Grassly

    Hayward ya Blowme.

    Too bad delusional Tony can't receive a Darwin award; he's already polluted the gene pool.

    October 6, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Gary Grassly

    The US government regulating agency is in part to blame as they are/were corrupt. But that does NOT relieve Hayward and BP of their own liability, negligience and recklessness.

    October 6, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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