I posted this in politics, because the controversy and political windfall it has brought about are exactly what makes BP a potentially outstanding investment. Due to the blown oil well, the loss of goodwill, and the overall outrage directed at BP, the stock has fallen to $37 per share from a high of $62. They are still earning $4 billion per quarter in profit. Dividend yield is around 9%. Current P/E is 5 to 1 and they are growing earnings 20% per year. Absurd. If they pay $4 billion as a result of this catastrophe, its only 1 quarter of earnings. If that stock gets any closer to $30, its a heckuva buy. The catastrophe is horrible, disgusting and heinous. I'm pretty sure BP didn't do it on purpose, but still - shame on them. The silver lining is that you can now profit on this disaster.