How to Negotiate, 101

by david

If you can’t read that, it says:

BP is seeking permission to keep drilling at 10 existing deepwater wells in the gulf in exchange for adhering to stricter safety rules.

For future reference, this is how you start a negotiation: if you give me what I want, I will do what I am already committed to do.

The fact that BP can approach the American government with such a proposal tells us much about where real power lies, or at least the perception of power. I hope that Barack Obama or one of his people punches a BP executive in the jaw as a counterproposal.