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.


soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Fred Magyar

    I believe that this award is unfair because not a single walrus, seal or sea lion was harmed during the the Gulf oil spill and it is not BP's fault that their wildlife expert who's phone number was listed on their emergency response had passed away in 2005...

    October 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Optimus Prime

      What about the other wildlife? Are seals, walruses and sea lions the only important animals?

      October 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Optimus Prime:

      Sarcasm is “a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter jibe or taunt.” [1] Some authorities sharply distinguish sarcasm from irony,[2] however others argue that sarcasm may or often does involve irony.[3]

      October 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThaGerm

      Go got trolled

      October 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gonzo

      Don't forget Polar Bears!

      October 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |

      You're a teabagger, aren't you?

      October 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mika

      Hah! Those animals are not native to Louisiana.

      October 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      TRENDING: Todd Palin explains fiery e-mail -– So, Todd, the #1 Enforcer Dude, comes out of the shadows? @@@@ I think Todd should get one now.

      October 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark Sanchez

    BP is about to launch a new PR campaign from its BPCares.com website. In a leaked memo attained from a board member to Inside The Room, BP decided to acquire the BPCares domains to counter the false perceiption that the oil giant has a weak corporate culture towards the environment. A spokesperson was quoted “we have to fight fire with the truth”.
    The BPCares domains that was was acquired are:

    BP is expected to launch the new website soon.

    October 6, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete


      October 6, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon


      October 6, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • swschrad


      October 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Austinite

      So how much are those sites paying you to write this?

      October 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Playgurl89


      October 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. skip

    And we wonder why there is still racism in this country...... Leave the guy alone and move on.... how long are you going to berate this guy... it's over.... and he NOT THE ONLY ONE TO BLAME..... HOW ABOUT OUR OWN GOVERNMENT?????

    October 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sammy

      Much easier to pick on him rather than admit that our own desire to have cheap gas at the pumps helped support the industry and government as they dismantled what little regulation there was. Sure, it was a huge screw up, but I am sure glad that it was BP out there with their resources than some little operator who would have filed for bankruptcy and walked away leaving the government in charge (YIKES). Tony Hayward said some dumb things, but extinct species??? No, there are way too many, but less visible, candidates for that prize.

      OK everyone, repeat after me, "let's calm down." When we do, we might actually identify the real criminals and real problems and solve them. Oh, but wait, then we might need to pay the real cost of gas and we won't like that any more than paying the real cost of safe toys, safe food, etc etc.

      But what was the racism comment about? I didn't get that.

      October 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guester

      Racism? England is not a race.

      October 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThaGerm

      No really, whats the race card your playing here all about?

      October 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      If you are one of the few who oppose giving Tony this award, I would strongly suggest you review once more (with a cup of strong coffee) the seemingly valium-induced testimony of Mr. Hayward in front of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations.

      October 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • redisgreat

      Skip – to bad there is not a moratorium on stupidity. Then possibly the censors could have gotten to your post. To bad.

      October 6, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sparky

      you are the uber-moron

      October 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • smedleybutle

      Skip, why is the govt at fault for a private company's decision to do an unsafe procedure that killed the human crew and trashed the Gulf? The govt is NOT to blame for private companies unethical practices. Do not be an apologist for BP and blame the govt. The govt is the ONLY party that acted responsibly through the whole process. You have bought into the "blame govt for everything" crowd. Enough! Companies need to take responsibilities for their actions and that includes being the focus of public humiliation and scorn.

      October 6, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • SheridanTimes

      Those damn english with their tea, rainy weather and boiled food!! They should all just go back to Englishland where they belong!

      October 6, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • SouthUpNorth

      Thanks CNN for more garbage than news. What about a corporate responsibility award? All I've seen is a company not geared specifically for disaster response do the best job of covering all aspects of this mess that I've ever seen. If Tony gets this award, what award does Halliburton and Transocean get? Way to take the ignorant public further into the rabbit hole.

      October 7, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. BoFo

    I agree with Skip. This whole affair has been covered as a media feeding frenzy, mostly by reporters and editors without a clue as to what really happened.

    Things like this moronic award underscore a lack of civility in our society, and there is nothing in it that's the least bit funny.

    October 6, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daltxn

      Ah, yes, then you found the true meaning of the award. In no way is that award meant to be funny. The only thing comical about it is "the jokes on you" for whoever receives it.

      October 6, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • smedleybutle

      BoFo, they are not trying to be funny, they are quite serious. BP has trashed the planet in a lot of places with unethical drilling practices. What you call a media frenzy, the rest of us say "about damn time" the media actually covered something other than mindless celebrities and athletes. My only objection is that the media has stopped covering the problem. Most of the oil is still there on bottom of Gulf causing damage. The real problems are just beginning.

      October 6, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Playgurl89

      Lol @ Daltxn

      October 6, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. walleye46

    Just another reason why the Drill baby Drill program should be stopped. Solar, wind and other NON-Polluting avenues need to be explored. We need to clean up our environment before WE become extinct like the Dodo.

    October 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thatguy371

      Agreed. Too bad the whole environmental thing has turned into a political thing. Repubs deny global warming even exists, and are all for drill baby drill. Maybe need to drill a hole in their head and insert some common sense. What a bunch of twits. Keep driving 80 mph down the interstate in a huge SUV while playing gentle music on the stereo. Good to see their priorities are in order.

      October 6, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • redisgreat

      Oh yeah, I can have all the green power I want, tomorrow. Really? I sure do not see any solar farms or wind farms being built in my area. How am I going to get all that green power? Who is going to supply it? Who is going to fund the project, DO NOT SAY Washington. My power company sure is not going to be building any of the above mentioned sources of power in my area in the next 10- 20 years. Besides winds here are not conducive to producing power on a dependable enough level to warrant investment. Solar is not an option here either. So what do I do? Stop and think about what "green energy" entails and how it will be distributed. Who will pay for it? But mostly THINK about it and just don't repeat what you have heard.

      October 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • amanda


      Maybe I missed something, but I never saw anybody comment that any of these energy solutions would be available tomorrow. Walleye simply said that they should be explored. And just because YOU can't get alternative forms of energy in YOUR area, doesn't mean that people who can shouldn't. Even if only 30% of the population decreases it's dependency on oil, it would still have a significant impact on the environment.

      October 6, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • redisgreat

      amanda – wanting something and having it happen are vastly different things. I at least admit that there is not much being done about green power and accept that until people with money make the decision to change that NOTHING will happen. I also know that no one care if I bring it up, that is just the way most people are (having learned this over many years of dealing with humans). Getting something done requires thought. You need to think the whole thing through before you make any move. Try to envision how the whole process works. Where do you start?

      October 6, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      @ redisgreat – You can buy your own solar panels or wind turbine and install it on your house/property – why do you need to wait for someone to provide it for you? There are DIY sites telling you how to make this stuff out of recycled material you can buy on EBAY and some of these sites have been around for years.

      October 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • redisgreat

      Heather – do you have them on your house? I work for a living so money is not something that I have lying around to spend on risky inefficient products. Wind is not viable in my area. Solar is not viable in my area. Why should I waste money on something I do not nor can not use? Think, I have.

      October 6, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • redisgreat

      Environmental change. Did any of you know that there has been absolutely no change in the median Earth temperature in the past 50 years? the changes locally do not really count. think about the Earth, 4 billion years old. How often in that time has the median temperature changed. We know that just 13,000 years ago North America was covered by a huge sheet of ice. The median Earth temperature was not much different than it is today. so you can never use statistics unless you understand what they mean. during the dinosaur periods the Earth median temperature was not much different than today. Hmm. Oh well. We are not killing the planet.

      October 6, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Thatguy371

    What an arrogant jerk this twit is. Dopey looking misshapen head idiot. He deserves the award. And there will be a special place in hell for him in the afterlife, with all those dead birds cracking the whip.

    October 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThaGerm

      If you mean hell as in he is going to have his yacht membership revoked then maybe, but I think the actual burn for eternity hell is a little extreme.

      October 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dick Hertz

    He's laughing all the way to the Bank.

    October 6, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. EddyL

    Bush had already won it too many times?

    October 6, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. socialdt

    BP should get the Dodo – Not Hayward. He didn't do anything personally

    October 6, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • JDunn

      I agree totally!

      October 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • redisgreat

      Only acted and spoke arrogantly to the public. Tried to pass the whole thing off as other companies doing bad things to ruin BP. Yeah he is a saint.

      October 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JDunn

    Thanks to the media this is blown way out of proportion. All they focus on is the negative which is what the media loves to do. Give the guy a break. He obvioulsy is not a Dodo. He did not get to where he is for being a dodo. Yes a mistake happened but doesn't everyone make a mistake? Granted this one was a big one but it seems to me BP is doing the right thing for the community. All they can do now is continue to make things better which seems to be the case. Put yourself in his shoes and see how you would feel.

    October 6, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Guest

    I meant to copy this posting and accidently clicked the report abuse instead. I'm sorry my mistake.

    Racism? England is not a race.

    October 6, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Beatriss

    Mr. Hayward definitely deserves this award. So do select employees of the US, Louisiana and British governments, not to mention some of Cheney's talking heads at Haliburton. Where do I sign up to contribute money to produce some more rubber dodo awards?

    October 6, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Marsha

    Shame on BP for lying, and shame on the US government for falling for it. They are all to blame.

    October 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bailoutsos

    Hayward got screwed over because he manned up and said BP would cover all costs. Shareholders and the board did not like that.

    October 6, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      I agree. Getting Exxon to pay up for their little spill was like getting blood from a turnip. BP acts in a reasonable manner and the masses are yelling "Crucify! Crucify!"

      October 6, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • redisgreat

      Market did however and the stock has gone back up. So the shareholders are happy again too. Good that green power saved the day!!

      October 6, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 3D02

    Let's see how the CNN masses whine when oil trades $100+ again.

    October 6, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • redisgreat

      Ok brainiac when is it going to happen? Hmmmm? Hasn't happened yet. In fact with winter weather predicted to be warmer this year, fuel oil prices for winter delivery are actually down from last year. That old oil spill really made a big difference. Well, except to OPEC, who BTW set oil prices.

      October 6, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
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