Worst Company In America Trophies In The Mail To BP & Bank Of America!

Worst Company In America Trophies In The Mail To BP & Bank Of America!

It was our biggest — and closest — Worst Company In America final ever, but in the end it was BP edging out Bank of America by less than 1%. After waiting a couple weeks to see if either company would pick up their award at Consumerist HQ, we packed the poos up and shipped them out. [More]

Big Oil Execs Defend Need For $21 Billion In Tax Breaks

Big Oil Execs Defend Need For $21 Billion In Tax Breaks

Even though Exxon Mobil alone earned more than $30 billion in profit in 2010 — and has reported a huge 69% increase in profit in the first quarter of 2011 — that company’s CEO was one of several oil biz execs trying to convince the Senate Finance Committee that they still need $21 billion in tax breaks. [More]

BP To Pay $25 Million Penalty For Alaska Oil Spill

BP To Pay $25 Million Penalty For Alaska Oil Spill

Long before BP was cutting costs — and spilling oodles of oil — into the Gulf of Mexico, it was polluting the soil in Alaska by refusing to properly maintain its pipeline system. And now your Worst Company In America has agreed to pony up $25 million to settle the federal investigation into a massive Alaska spill in Prudhoe Bay. [More]

Just How Much BP Oil Is Left In The Marshes?

Just How Much BP Oil Is Left In The Marshes?

On the one-year anniversary of the catastrophic BP oil spill in the gulf, scientists are still struggling to figure out just how much oil is in the marshes. This excellent New York Times video explores their challenges, not the least of which is the inherent complexity of determining the damage to a vast and vibrant ecosystem. One group of researchers, for example, are guesstimating the number of bird deaths by taking bird carcasses out to sea, dropping them in, and seeing how many wash ashore. [More]

BP Spreads The Worst Company Love Around, Sues Deepwater Horizon Partners For Billions

BP Spreads The Worst Company Love Around, Sues Deepwater Horizon Partners For Billions

As many readers mentioned in the comments leading up to BP’s hairline thin victory over Bank of America in this year’s Worst Company in America tournament, the oil company wasn’t the only one involved in the disaster on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Now, a year on from that horrible incident, BP has filed suits against Halliburton, Transocean and Cameron International. [More]

Art Activists Cover Naked Body In Oil In Tate Museum To Protest Censorship And BP Sponsorship

Art Activists Cover Naked Body In Oil In Tate Museum To Protest Censorship And BP Sponsorship

A group of art activists this week staged an unsanctioned protest inside the world-famous Tate Modern museum in London by pouring oil over a naked body lying on the floor. [More]

Worst Company Winner BP Commits Up To $1 Billion To Speed Up Gulf Restoration

Worst Company Winner BP Commits Up To $1 Billion To Speed Up Gulf Restoration

A day after the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 offshore rig workers, released millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, and earned BP the title of Worst Company In America, the Golden Poo winners announced that it has reached an agreement to pony up another $1 billion toward Gulf restoration efforts. [More]

Would BP Benefit By Acknowledging Worst Company In America Win?

Would BP Benefit By Acknowledging Worst Company In America Win?

For six years, Consumerist readers have picked a winner in the Worst Company In America tournament. And in those six years, while one or two companies in the brackets have made mention of the contest — if only to poke fun at the winner — no WCIA champ has come forth to accept the title. But there are some who feel like the winners would benefit by exhibiting some humility and publicly accepting the Golden Poo. [More]

Congratulations BP: You're The Worst Company In America!

Congratulations BP: You're The Worst Company In America!

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, an offshore oil rig leased by BP to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, caught fire following an explosion. The disaster left 11 men dead and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf. For the cost-cutting efforts that ultimately led to this catastrophe — along with others in Texas and Alaska that have killed more than a dozen more employees, injured hundreds and leaked toxic chemicals into the air and water — thousands of Consumerist voters have selected BP as the Worst Company In America. [More]

The Worst Company In America Final Death Match Is Over — But Who Won?

This year’s Worst Company In America final death match between BP and Bank of America received the highest number of votes of any WCIA championship ever — it was also the closest final in the tournament’s history. [More]

One Day Left To Vote On BP Or Bank Of America For Worst Company In America!

One Day Left To Vote On BP Or Bank Of America For Worst Company In America!

UPDATE: POLLS ARE NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED!
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As you read this, Bank of America and BP are locked in deadly combat in the Worst Company In America octagon, in what will likely be the closest final death match in tournament history! [More]

Voting Still Open For Worst Company In America Final Death Match

Voting Still Open For Worst Company In America Final Death Match

UPDATE: POLLS ARE NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED!
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Worst Company In America Final Death Match: Bank Of America Vs. BP

Worst Company In America Final Death Match: Bank Of America Vs. BP

In the same year that a film about a stammering British king won the Best Picture Oscar, another UK misfit, BP, now stands on the precipice of claiming another precious piece of Americana: The Golden Poo. But that’s only if the oily Brits can wrestle the trophy out of the tenacious-but-incompetent grip of this nation’s least-favorite native son, Bank of America. [More]

Worst Company In America Final Four: BP Vs. Comcast

Worst Company In America Final Four: BP Vs. Comcast

Globs of crude oil are washing up on the shores of Kabletown in this battle to determine which craptastic corporation moves to tomorrow’s Worst Company In America death match! [More]

Here They Are: Your Worst Company In America Final Four!

Here They Are: Your Worst Company In America Final Four!

Thirty-two entered. Four remain. And in the end, there can be only one. [More]

Worst Company In America Elite 8: BP Vs. WellPoint

Worst Company In America Elite 8: BP Vs. WellPoint

A WCIA tournament vet faces everyone’s least-favorite newcomer in today’s Elite 8 bloodbath. [More]

Surprise! BP Would Rather Pay A Few Million In Fines Than Billions

Surprise! BP Would Rather Pay A Few Million In Fines Than Billions

Oh, silly BP! Of course you want to be fined by the day and not by the millions and millions of gallons of oil you spilled into the Gulf of Mexico! The big bad oil guys have asked the U.S. government to levy their fines for the April 20, 2010 oil spilled based on the days the Deepwater Horizon rig spewed black stuff into the water, not how many barrels of crude oil it gushed. [More]

Say Hello To Your Worst Company In America Elite 8!

Say Hello To Your Worst Company In America Elite 8!

Two rounds of WCIA bloodshed are in the book and the beaten bodies of 24 multi-billion dollar companies are being hauled off to be burned on a pyre. But for those businesses left standing — let’s call them the Elite 8 — the parade of pain marches on. [More]