United States´ President Obama has bullied British Petroleum into depositing £13.5 billion into a special fund to settle claims as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Recently, shares of BP stock have fallen to a fourteen-year low of £3.37. BP has also agreed to suspend dividends until 2011. £1 in every £6 pensioners receive in the UK comes from BP dividends.
Hostility towards BP over the disaster has been increasing recently. Even U.S. Congressman Joseph Cao has gone so far as to call for BP bosses to commit suicide to atone for this disaster.