What will Tony Hayward do with the time he frees up by stepping down as BP CEO in just over a week? One audacious bid for his services comes from Hello Electric, an anti-oil campaign group which is supported by Purpose Campaigns – a New York-based company dedicated to supporting progressive social change.
Hello Electric is asking Hayward, who attracted ire in the US following the gulf oil spill, to embody his company’s former slogan and move “beyond petroleum” by becoming an advicate for electric cars. They even have a petition on their website for people to sign.
Here is their pitch:
During his tenure as CEO of BP, Tony Hayward and BP talked a lot about the need to move beyond petroleum. But with the massive gulf oil spill this April, he quickly became a symbol for the environmental damage caused by the oil industry. He has apologized for mistakes made, but we want to offer him an opportunity to take a real step towards a world beyond petroleum.