Eco-friendly provocateurs want to help ousted BP CEO Tony Hayward get his life back with a little gift to accompany his golden parachute: an electric car.
The folks at Hello Electric have posted an online goodbye card that, if signed by 25,000 people, will be delivered to Hayward attached to an EV. It’s the same gesture of goodwill gesture you’d offer a laid-off coworker, except instead of a round of drinks at Chili’s, it’s a new car for a guy about to get a $17 million pension.
“Now that you’ve got more time on your hands, we’re offering you the chance to truly move beyond petroleum by driving an electric car and encouraging the world to do the same,” the card reads. “To make it easy for you, we’ve picked out a brand new electric car and paid the deposit… You’ll never have to make a trip to a gas station again!”
According to an image at Hello Electric’s website that just to be the second-worst Photoshop job we’ve seen since the April spill, the group appears to be giving Hayward a Nissan Leaf. Of course, Hayward will have to turn over a new Leaf to actually claim the car, as it comes with the catch that he gets the car only after he “agrees to become a worldwide ambassador for the technology.”
If he accepts, Nissan’s polar pitch-bear might be joined by a Gulf Coast Walrus,” an Arctic animal famously included in BP’s Regional Oil Spill Response Plan.
We suggest that Hayward take the car. If anything, it’s probably small enough to keep on board his yacht.
UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: Hmmm… Hello Electric’s web site seems to be down.
Photo: Flickr/energycommerce. Tony Hayward testifying before the US House Commitee on Energy and Commerce