June 16th, 2010
10:02 AM ET

On the Radar: Obama and oil, Iran and a reactor

 

Crews cleaning oil in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, trampled bird eggs, the parish president says.

It's day 58 of the Gulf Coast oil disaster and the morning after President Obama promised Americans in his first Oval Office speech that 90 percent of the crude spilled by the Deepwater Horizon rig will be captured within weeks. Obama is expected Wednesday to order BP executives to pick up the costs for the devastation.

Reactions to Obama's speech were mixed. "All that sounds nice," Grand Isle, Louisiana, fisherman Dean Blanchard said. But it doesn't change the fact that he "can't go to the bank tomorrow and pay [his] bills."

There is more bad news for Louisiana's birds. Crews cleaning in Plaquemines Parish trampled the nests and eggs of birds, including the brown pelican, according to parish president Billy Nungesser.

CNN later Wednesday will take a closer look at BP's history, highlighting the hours after a 2005 BP refinery explosion in Texas that killed 15 people. At the time, an executive suggested a holiday weekend and the national furor over a big story in Florida would lighten media attention on the blast, documents show.

Iran nuclear plans - Two weeks after the United Nations sanctioned Iran for its nuclear work, Iranian media reported the country is starting design work on a new nuclear reactor, the head of the country's Atomic Energy Organization said. The design reportedly will be complete in two to three years, and the reactor should be operational within five.

Calm in Kyrgyzstan- The first U.N. aid plane carrying 800 lightweight tents has arrived in Uzbekistan to help the thousands of people who have fled ethnic clashes in neighboring Kyrgyzstan. About 100,000 people have escaped fighting in the region. Though relative calm continued in the city of Osh, sporadic gunfire could be heard.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    unfortunately, Obama can't promise that all these problems will be solved "within a few days", since
    BP hasn't proposed NEW, BETTER AND FASTER SOLUTIONS, as clearly required by U.S. Coast Guard
    but ONLY some NEW "PROMISES" to solve the problem more quickly... just another couple of months
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    so, I've developed a new and BETTER "super cap" that can be built and installed in a couple of days
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    read a description with the drawing of my new idea in my article latest update: http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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    the only other alternatives to my simple, cheap, fast to build and install proposal to fix the leak are:
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    1. the (unknown) new "cap" ready for mid-july after 50,000,000 more gallons of oil spilled in the Gulf
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    2. a drilling of the two relief wells finished in mid-august after 100,000,000 more gallons of oil spilled
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    June 16, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Bonk

      Mspaint drawings without any mathematics? Are you in 3rd grade? Nobody wants to see your childish doodles, this is a real issue that takes real scientists to take care of, knock off the pointless spam.

      June 16, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

      @BPonk
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      often good ideas born from a napkin sketch... 🙂
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      June 16, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Bonk

      But yours aren't. Your ideas are just spammed on every single thread as if the world is going to flock to your idea and go 'wow I never thought of that'. Especially since everyone has probably clicked it once and saw what it was, they aren't going to look back at it. If you think your idea will really change the world, email it to government or BP. Spam flooding it on an anonymous CNN forum won't do you any good.

      June 16, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      everybody knows that BP doesn't answer to anyone and that its ask for ideas is ONLY a PR-trick and a way to gain time to save its wellhead and its business in the Gulf... 😐
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      June 16, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Bonk

      So if they aren't going to listen anyway, why are you posting your idea here, in hopes that it gets to them another way, even though they won't listen then either?

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      stupid

      June 16, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      because the day that someone else (DoD, US Coast Guard, US Navy, Navy Seals, NASA, etc.) will (finally!) take control of the crisis in the Gulf, could (finally!) adopt the best ideas posted on the most important forums, blogs and FB pages
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      June 16, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Bonk

      no, they are going to take ideas from scientists who have done the mathematics needed to calculate ideas that actually have a chance of working, they are not going to take MsPaint doodles of 'oh lets drop a rock on it'. They will not flock to CNN's anonymous forums and see your spam and think 'hey lets check this out'. Especially since you use bit.ly. Nobody clicks those because they look like a virus / fake page.

      June 16, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      Zero science (CHECK)
      Zero math (CHECK)
      Zero calculations (CHECK)
      Zero facts (CHECK)
      Zero research (CHECK)
      5 year old imagination with a crayon (CHECK)
      No education (CHECK)
      Poor English (CHECK)
      Can't spell Oxygen (CHECK)
      Crappy idea that BP, US Gov, any government, any company won't take (CHECK)

      June 16, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      Obama has sent a team of nuclear scientists some weeks ago, but they haven't solve nothing... 😐
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      June 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      Last I checked this is a oil leak. Since when are nuclear materials leaking into the ocean?

      June 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    "Can't spell Oxygen"
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    FIXED... 🙂
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    June 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |