Gallery: Obama Condemns BP, Says US Should Seize the Moment to be Green


In an effort to regain his image as the tough commander in chief, President Obama took a moment to directly address the nation last night about the Gulf Coast oil spill. In the first Oval Office speech of his presidency, he took a hard stance against BP calling them “reckless”, noting that they will pay financially for all damage done to the environment and livelihoods of Gulf Coast residents, and then moved took the opportunity to tell the American public about the benefits of clean energy. He reminded the nation of his commitment to restore the natural beauty of the gulf and committed to using this disaster as momentum into the future of renewables.

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  3. delstew June 16, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    We don’t know who’ll ultimately carry the can for this fiasco, but certainly BP’s culpable to some degree and they’ve never tried to hide it. But to listen to the US politicians, you’d think that they’re reeling against colonial plunderers on US soil.

    But wait a minute… just about every decision taken and operation undertaken in the Gulf were by ‘native Americans’. After all, BP as we know it today was formed when it merged with the American producer Amoco back in the 90s.

    And what about Transocean and Halliburton, the American firms that owned the rig and were doing the work? Sure they’re doing their level best to paint BP as the bad guy, but they won’t escape blame. And who was regulating these operations off the US coastline?

    For political reasons Obama is making this a ‘them and us’ issue. Whereas in reality, there’s only ‘us’.

    BP pays billions for drilling rights and billions on top of that in taxes to the US. So why didn’t the US authorities set aside some cash for emergencies? Accidents happen… and as far as I can tell, America is lucky BP has the resources and commitment to clean up this terrible mess.

    As for stopping drilling and going green, who is going to pay the thousands of people out of work for this idea, the government? They were quick enough to throw trillions into the financial fiasco, will they do the same to support the oil related casualties. How will defense run on solar or wind power?
    Manufacturing has gone to China due to cost going green unprepared will force more

  4. helvetica download June 16, 2010 at 10:52 am

    How much money should I take this fall to study abroad in Italy?

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