President Obama, who is visiting Louisiana to monitor the growing oil spill on the U.S. Gulf Coast, says his administration has mounted a "relentless response."
"I think the American people are now aware - certainly the folks down in the Gulf are aware - that we're dealing with a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster," Obama said in Venice, Louisiana, after a briefing with state, local and federal officials. "The oil that is still leaking from the well could seriously damage the economy and the environment of our Gulf states, and it could extend for a long time.
"It could jeopardize the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who call this place home."
The president said the government would "spare no resource to clean up whatever damage is caused" and would "do what it takes for as long as it takes to stop this crisis."
"Let me be clear: [Well owner] BP is responsible for this leak. BP will be paying the bill. But as president of the United States, I'm going to spare no effort to respond to this crisis for as long as it continues," Obama said.
Obama met with the commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen; EPA administrator Lisa Jackson; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; and the presidents of several parish governments after arriving in Louisiana, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. The president's briefing included an update on the procedures being attempted to cap the well and the economic and environmental impact of the spill, Gibbs said.
Why does the obama not just give the orders to drop a napon bomb over the oil slick area this will reduce the amount of oil going to the coast. The clean up would be less.
Lets give it a shot before its too late
The real problem with "bp will pay the cost of cleanup" is that they will pass it on to all of us when we must purchase fuel. I think there should be a price lock that forbids them raising oil prices so that they truly bear the cost themselves. It is about to get really rough down here, and we can't afford to keep seeing the gas prices go up. Our livelihood herei s tourism and seafood, both which are going to be destroyed by this.
Simple solution to BP price raise to pay for the clean up efforts is to not by gas from BP. There are a plethora of diffrent filling options.
Let's work together, forget the politicans in Big Oil's Pockets:
What can we do to spread the culture of More Happiness with Less (Oil or whatever resources we are plundering) by setting an example in our lives.
The age of consumerism is coming to an end. People will discover what it means to be alive and human again, if they choose.
I for one am not perfect but do a lot, e.g. – haven't flown for 12 years and still alive and kicking
There are alternatives – we have to be courageous and inventive and help one another.
BP will not be held liable. Take that to the bank.
For all of you out there who aren't from the oil patch.. Here is something very important to consider. If you will all read what BP is saying about the incident, you will notice that they are saying that they will pay for the CLEANUP... but make no mention of the liabilities. Since the Exxon Valdez, the Government entered in to a deal to limit the total liability of the oil company to $75 million. That's it, and no more. BP will not pay one red cent more than this for all the economic harm they do. Take that to the bank. To make matters more interesting, you should note that the oil leak is below the drilling platform were the meter is. The reason that this is significant is that until the oil passes through this meter, IT BELONGS TO THE GOVERNMENT from whom the well site was leased. The oil being spilled belongs to the US government, a fact the the Obama administration, not coming from the deep water drilling business, may not be aware of just yet. BP's and Halliburton's lawyer's are just sitting back smiling right about now, smoking a big old cigar waiting for someone to figure that one out and save them the PR problem of having to point it out. In short, BP has relatively limited liability and the government, who really owns the oil... is stuck and won't be collecting anything form BP for anything beyond capping the well and cleaning up the oil to some extent.
You hit the nail right on the head, Michael. What a sham our government is! And to me, the most horrible thing of all is that all that wildlife-birds, fish, turtles, invertebrates, will be devastated because of our negligence. $75 million is NOTHING to those big oil companies; they wipe their fat butts with that kind of cash! And yet it's true that if we do make them pay for their screw-ups, they can just hit us up for it later with outrageous gas prices. We need to vote these no-good you-know-whats out of office...along with the oil companies in bed with them.
CNN, PLEASE INVITE DISCUSSIONS AND REPORT ON ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO COLLECT AS MUCH OIL AS POSSIBLE---NOT ENOUGH IS BEING DONE BY BP AND THE GOVERNMENT!!!!!! THERE NEED TO BE MORE DESIGNS READY TO BE EMPLOYED. WE ARE NOT HEARING ABOUT ANY OF THEM. THE NATIONAL MEDIA MUST DO MORE THAN SIMPLY REPORT. THEY NEED TO STEP UP AND FACILITATE DISCUSSION TO DESIGN WAYS FORWARD. IF ANY READER AGREES WITH THIS PLEASE MAKE SIMILAR COMMENTS TO THIS MEDIA WEBSITE AND OTHER NATIONAL MEDIA WEBSITES.
For instance, BP has lowered pipes from a ship to spread dispersant near the plumes of oil from the leak. Why don't they have additional ships/tankers/vessels with piping that can be extended near the leaks to suck up some of the oil as it is leaving the pipe. This wouldn't collect all the oil like the dome technology is designed to do. But at least it will collect some of the oil, and it will collect the oil at the point of greatest concentration. Perhaps a few hundred thousand gallons of oil could be collected before the domes are lowered in place. Another estimated 1 million gallons of oil will gush out into the Gulf before the domes are lowered. At least collect some of the oil until that time!!!!!
CNN, please invite experts and technologists to your program to expedite discussions on how to collect as much oil as possible to reduce the magnitude of the damage. You have tremendous power to force these discussions and help solve the problem. Now is the time for the nation news programs to step up and help design a way forward during this time of national tragedy. Simply reporting what BP and the government is doing is gravely underutilizing your power, at a time when the Gulf coast and teh nation needs you to do more. Please use your power to ensure that as many designs as possible are being discussed to reduce the damage!!!!!!!!!!
This is bad and the oil is creeping closer to the coastline , but we need these rigs . We need , no we have to keep drilling until we do have alternative power sources . We do not want to depend on Goverments that really do not like us . With out these oil platform gas is going to be as high as Europe . What about diesel , will the trucking industry be able to surve ? With out low fuel cost an apple would be $2.00 dollars . Yes , some goverment offical would like to see high fuel cost . Some of us are living on set or low incomes these people cannot afford higher groceries and higher fuel cost . Without our oil industry everthing goes up . We do need to get away oil , but we need all energy sources combined wind ,solar , nuclear , natural gas , and yes oil . This is probably the only way to say no to foreign oil . This is a bad accident , but I can`t recall another accident like this in my life time . the closest would be exon . BP , Gov. and States are doing everything possible .
stick a big cotton tampon in the hole dear liza dear liza !!
100% cotton iss the sollution here!!