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June 16th, 2010
09:15 AM ET

President Obama and BP

President Obama is meeting with BP executives at the White House. Last night he made clear he expects BP to pay for all damages and clean-up costs from the oil leak. He also said money set aside by BP for compensation will be in a fund BP has no control over. We are getting reaction to the President's remarks and his handling of the Gulf Oil Disaster from those representing Gulf tourism, fishing and environmental interests today at 11am ET.  What are your thoughts?


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Josh Levs • Tony Harris
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  1. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I just get the feeling that the president is going to be disapointed on the amount of money he collects from B.P. Rich people just dont hand over cash that easy without a fight .

    June 16, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  2. ricky nixx

    At least this time around they didn't wiat 2 weeks before they sent help...

    June 16, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  3. Keith Dawson

    If people have an Idea to clean up oil why are they waiting for
    BP or the Gov. to ok there Ideas just get out there and do it
    as long as it does not include cemacals
    If it works the money will be paid, I am sure,
    just don't wait.

    June 16, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  4. ricky nixx

    How come when south louisiana makes national news, it's rarely anything good?
    First it's the racial tension, the crime, then Katrina, now this BP oil spill...

    June 16, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  5. Dan

    Same old swan song. All talk, no action will be taken.
    Let's get serious. He has more important issues to deal with now. After the situation in Seattle, he will have to host Beer Summit # 2. Oh, wait, the girl is only 17, so I guess Mr. Obama will have to settle for grape kool aid or Apple Juice.

    June 16, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  6. Frank

    Why is there no mention of efforts/plans to STOP the flow other than drilling a relief well. They only talk about capturing/collecting the oil. That's great. What about when a hurricane comes into the area and the 'collection vessels' are forced to leave and the leak/flow continues unabated? What if the relief well does NOT work!? What's plan 'B' and 'C'??

    June 16, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  7. Lynn Hatch

    This whole thing makes me sick. I can not believe that everyone wants to blame Obama for not doing enough. Give me a break he and the rest of us are at the mercy of the people trying to fix this. We can place blame when this is plugged and cleaned up. Think about what you can do to use less oil from now on, Rally to recycle,get rid of you gas guzzelers, make a difference. Those who blame the goverment for everything, the most, sure, want help when they need help.

    June 16, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  8. Ernie Herst

    I think Pres. Obama should get new advisors since he has been behind on this spill since the beginning..
    He has been not a leader on this........
    I watch too much Tv news shows and think they are showing us what is and isn't happening.
    Pres. Obama needs some in charge of this problem that has a true interest of solving these problems....
    OR act at least shows interest not just an accountant reading off numbers...
    Accountants are great but who will follow an accountant into any battle
    Where is the Beef....
    Where is the action..

    June 16, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  9. Melanie Korndorffer

    June 15, 2010

    Yesterday my husband and I took a trip to Plaquemines parish and to Grand Isle, LA, yes, together, one fuel efficient car, going below the speed limit to optimize the use of gasoline. I was very impressed by the return of citizens to this parish since Katrina. Most of the homes are double wide, some even still camping trailers, but there are lots of them. This is a practical, hardworking population desperate to return to their homeland despite multiple difficulties after Katrina. And I was also impressed with the number of temporary homes being established to house the incoming workers, note that this is 57 days after the spill began…. Hundreds of dump trucks passed us as we drove out of the parish. These trucks are filled with gravel and land filler to level out the land that was once swamp and marsh and to build these temporary living quarters. Most of the hotels, which are few in number, and the larger camps have been rented out by ?BP/and or other rescue workers. I also noted the massive amounts of boom laid about everywhere. Some boom is dirty and used and some is yet to be laid. Although there are hundreds of signs warning against littering, the parish is covered in trash, some in overflowing and foul bins, some just tossed along the roadway. And everywhere one turns there are refineries, more oil rigs and wells, and other businesses completely consumed with the production of oil for our oil dependent economy.
    I am left with several questions; where are all those oil soaked booms going to be disposed of? How will we care for the huge amounts of oil soaked garbage as the clean up progresses? What is to happen to all this land being filled in by the oversized dump trucks full of gravel? Do we really believe that when they leave they will take care to return the land to its natural state? What is the environmental effect of all of this? And really, what are 100,000 workers going to do in this mostly yet unoiled area of swamp, marsh and coast? Currently, most are sitting and waiting to be assigned jobs. Evidence that the oil industry continues to progress is demonstrated by the numerous large commuter helicopters, the parking lots packed to the brim with the empty cars of oil rig workers who are working on other rigs in the gulf.
    These observations beg the question; ‘how on earth did we change from an agrarian state to a state subservient to big oil’? Is there really no other alternative to employment? Really? It is difficult to reconcile the just anger over BP’s abuse and failure with the equally loud but less convincing cry by the Louisiana media and politicians objecting to the president’s moratorium on new drilling. Just how much money does the Times Picayune receive from the big oil companies? Their personal investments must be primarily in oil and gas. There are almost 4000 rigs and wells in and off the coast of Louisiana. We are going to fall apart because 81 of these are on hold? How many more miles of shore, how many more acres of marsh, and how many more pristine areas of swamp do we prostitute to big oil? Enough. Let them drill somewhere else, preferably off the coast of the mother country. Let the intelligent and industrious people of Louisiana be at the forefront of development of cleaner energy. We have other natural resources as well which do not destroy everything around us.
    On June 6, the Daily Mail of London published a story claiming that Grand Isle “residents have rotted teeth and prematurely aged faces and are constantly in bars consuming large amounts of beer.” I assume the journalist from the Brit’s paper caught of few of my missing teeth on her camera as we rolled into town. Perhaps she mistook my refillable bottle of water for a pint of good English, no much worse, basic American, lager. As we parked and walked to the shore we could not escape the unmistakable scent of “Eau de Tony”, that of an oily machinist shop or car garage. The view, as far as the newly empowered temporary sheriff’s deputies would allow us to have, was devastating. As far as one can see there is boom, a sand berm, and 6 feet tall piles of sand filled with oil and tar balls awaiting pickup. We watch as what appears to be an ill shark swims close to the shoreline. There are workers following the shark, but it is not obvious that they are equipped to aid the ailing animal. The most perplexing phenomenon, however, was the quietness and emptiness of the island. No wild life and no people. Handmade signs spray painted on old pieces of plywood marked the beaches as closed. No media appears to be here anymore. They have apparently traipsed over to hear Mr. Obama spew promises to our neighbors to the east. On the horizon in every direction are more oil rigs and wells and refinement plants. As we exit we noted the new YMCA being built by, guess who, another big oil company. The new sign on the local school is apparently a gift from a different oil company.
    On the way back I am mulling over the lack of evidence that the federal government is acting rather than just talking. Mr. Obama, despite what he says about being there since the beginning, had no clue how an event such as this would affect the environment and people who live in the gulf area. While he is in California toasting his fellow millionaires and raising capital for his re-election, oil spews from the bottom of the ocean. Yes, he did eventually come to visit. Now he shows up for the third time. Nothing will substitute for failing to shut the barn door before the cows were out. He can shut it all he wants now, but that won’t bring back the lost animals. Spitting and spewing by the president now is ineffective. We need action from the most powerful man in the country. He needs to be able to make good, difficult decisions rapidly as do his underlings. A surgeon cannot wait for everyone in the room to come to a studied recommendation before she repairs the sliced, squirting artery. A good decision followed by quick action is the right response. The surgeon is also educated on how to repair this injury before being allowed to hold her first scalpel. The oversight committee needs to demand that all oil companies have a well laid out plan to prevent and repair any disaster that may result from their activities.
    Governor Jindal and multiple parish presidents have been calling for the federal government to act. For them to give the material resources to the local and state governments who are better equipped and educated to handle this disaster. Yes, Mr. Jindal wants the federal government to help us defend ourselves from a suffocating, tenacious enemy. That does not mean Gov. Jindal is advocating big government. Some folks don’t seem to understand the role of government as it was outlined in our constitution. The primary responsibility of the federal government is to protect the citizens from their enemies. This protection allows the citizens to be free to endeavor for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Not big government, just effective government.

    June 16, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  10. Dan

    So Lynn, what kind of car do you drive? I hope it gets at least 30 MPH.

    June 16, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  11. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    There's at least one of these comments that needs a publisher .

    June 16, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  12. Butch from Southgate

    BP is arrogant and ineffectual. Our pesident is Innefectual and anemic. The gulf is ruined for many years to come. The American people are up in arms as we watch a pristine body of water become an oil can. Perhaps we need to let the boy scouts handle the issue?

    Lets get off the damn fence and attack this problem. Chatting with BP in the Oval office is going to get us no where. Let's see some ACTION ...we're alowing BP to save all the oil it can from it's disaster, prolonging the damage, so it can make money on the oil it can save...it's time to get BP out of the equasion and get some people who aren't afraid to try new things involved!!!

    June 16, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  13. keena suzanne

    How many times has he been down there? Four or five now...and what's with this we thing...he acts like he is down there cleaning...it ain't we its them...and all he does is come down make a speach then leave...this is all outrageous...pathatic and sad how long its taking to stop this oil spill...

    June 16, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  14. Edie

    I believe that President Obama is doing all he can to assure everyone that BP will be held responsible for the disaster and will compensate those individuals/businesses that have been adversely affected. Even the President of the US has limitations to what can be done and how to accomplish this tremendous task of cleanup and remediation. He can't walk into the White House and correct years of deregulation of the industries and companies in six months to a year.

    Using the Exxon Valdez spill as an example, we need to be sure that when the final legal settlement on the BP spill is reached it is not reversed or reduced by the US Supreme Court. It is disgraceful that the award to those affected in Alaska was reduced.

    Having worked for an oil company I am fully aware of their methods of avoiding as much liability as they possibly can. I also saw how BP continually decreased their work force to the advantage of the share holders and to the disadvantage of employees and safety.

    President Obama is doing the best job he can given the current situation, political and otherwise. As Americans we created the situation we now see by not assuring that the government had sufficient power and qualified employees who would have the authority to refuse to approve unsafe conditions whether it is with the food supply, coal mines, and oil.

    Rather than being critical, we all need to support the President in his efforts to correct and remediate the BP Gulf oil spill

    June 16, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  15. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I dont think think the presidents foot is big enough to kick any ones ass he needs to use bigger shoes stuffed with toilet paper .

    June 16, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  16. Tim

    I was disapointed that the President was putting so many oilworkers out of work with the halt on drilling. It was good to hear that he is trying to get on top of the oilspill clean-up, i would like to hear how he is creating plans to stop the oil leak and not leaving up to BP

    June 16, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  17. Carrie

    II know that our President is doing great job I don’t understand all the people that just like complain,
    Nothing that the President says or dose is good enough for them I don’t get those people he is only one person short of him diving 5 thousand feet down and plugging it no one will be satisfy,
    I like the idea that the money should be in an Escrow acct, so they can get people compensated and we defiantly need to move in to a new energy resources move away from oil, our President and Congress is working on new regulation in regards to oil companies, people should have a little patient have faith and be positive,

    June 16, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  18. Adam

    The president needs to quit making excuses and get proactive. As Lieutenant General Russel Honoré said it is time to put the full resources at our desposal on this problem. This disaster is destroying lives and if it isn't stopped will destroy some peoples entire way of life. Take over the fix and resources to do whatever it takes to get it done, and send the bill to BP!!!

    June 16, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  19. michael

    First and foremost is to focus on collection of prior and current oil spilled and spilling. This can be done now –

    1) stop using dispersant. allowing oil to surface.

    2) start using tankers/barges to collect in proximity of well – where are they?

    Here is what has been proposed to BP and multiple media sources for over a month (see link 1). – can not sleep watching this global disaster take place, unabated while there are solutions. It is unfathomable why this is allowed to continue

    Warning: As you may concur – We do not have time to wait for relief wells in August ( may be more like November and may not work) , by that time the Gulf will be a dead sea, Florida beaches and Everglades will be black (more like orange goo), oil/dispersant mix headed north to wipe out east coast killing all life in it's path. There will be stench of rotting animal life and toxic air which will promote respiratory disease and cancer. When there is a hurricane it will "paint" the inland with slime and goo which will then be unlivable – We most stop those responsible for exacerbating this unmitigated global disaster NOW . God help us – amen .

    The information described herein is submitted for broadcast and/or publication – thank you

    Sincerely,

    Michael Gruters

    Immediate action (fix) – The"riser pipe" or stack that fell to ocean floor is mounted with (6) hex bolts to a mating flange at the top of the BOP, this would be replaced by a new riser and flange (see link 2) – making a leak-less seal to the surface collection operation. This has been estimated to take only 8 hrs. with the new parts in hand.

    note: BS from BP claims no room for another collection tankers because "too crowded" ? – so they are now going to burn it and pollute the atmosphere as well...

    These suggestions are on record at EPA (see link 1) at BP engineering for over a month –
    1) – Stop Leak Now (SLN) Simplest Fix – Replace old flange and broken (now cut) pipe at top of BOP – has "(6) hex nuts",– with new flange and associated pipe to surface.Unscrewing "hex nuts" and replacing with new outer flange. This is similar proceedure to when well was first installed (2001). This should make non leaking connection to surface collection. Once again do not use dispersant into leaking oil so can be collected by tankers at at surface – where are they ?

    This could have been done after the smoke cleared (day 2) and this disaster avoided ...

    p.s. It is unfathomable why this was not done.

    2) – Oil Collection Now – using newley designed Oil Containment Rings OCR’s – Need to be installed Now

    This will stop further damage and start to remove prior oil pollution. – also of course there should be a floatilla of tankers/barges collecting surface and submerged oil – where are they ? If we collect 99% of the oil being leaked – then bp can take time to kill the well.

    Start to build a “oil collection ring” flotation miles in diameter which has large booms (100′ by 6′ diameters)with deep aprons that zipper together as they extend deep(300′ or more) below the surface (this happens physically as aprons on modules are zipped) and capture the rising oil leak – which is continually pumped into tankers/barges – circumvent first ring with a second and so on as needed. Do not use any dispersant – pump out water separation from collected oil. of all the things that BP does wrong – the use of dispersant is the worst ! Stop it Today. Aside from the toxicity the collection and containment of oil from the surface is far easier as to almost impossible submerged !

    3) – Seal Well Now (SWN) – drill +1000' parallel proximity shaft – place proper amount of explosives – seal new shaft – detonate !

    conventional explosive are well understood and should be adequate to blow bedrock through a 21" shaft – how about tunnels through mountains or Hover Dam !

    suggested nuclear explosion is absolutely ludicrous and at least 1000 times overkill . This could fracture the seabed floor collapsing into oil reserve and releasing 25,000 cubic miles or 1,000,000,000,000 gallons of oil.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  20. Dan

    Carrie, it's funny you say that. It sounds like you may be a democrat. I am neither democrat or republican. I am American 20 yr veteran of the military.
    But, I do find it strange that when GW was in office it was ok for the media and public to bash him. Why has it all of the sudden become for the President not take some heat?
    America, you (not me) voted for CHANGE. Well, when we as tax payers end up paying the bill, that is what we will have left in our pockets, CHANGE. Do you realistically think BP is going to foot the bill?

    June 16, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  21. U R K Rao

    President Obama is doing whatever expected of him in the present juncture which has international ramifications. This is a disaster beyond any expectations. You do not expect him to stop the leakage by himself. He is not superhuman. Let us give him all moral and other support, and for God's sake let him perform his duties. If he can not do it, none else can do it.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  22. Carrie

    As the herring is going on in Washington with all the oil companies none of them have any plan or the equipment to deal with this cine of a disaster they never planned a head, and it’s not just BP it’s all the big ones, they have the same safety rules as BP And for too many yr, they had a free ride, so people stop blaming the President he has so many other challenges already enough is enough we need to help as a nation come together not blame or complain it doesn’t solve the problem.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  23. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Sometimes it's good to be wrong but without skepticks they wouldnt try as hard .

    June 16, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  24. Linda Taylor

    I just heard Lt General Honore’ on CNN put forth a “detailed plan” on how to eliminate the attack of oil in the gulf – suggesting that “oil” is the enemy. If you get a chance, don’t miss this interview. Having said that, I listened to President Obama’s speech from the Oval Office again this morning. People, I think he has our back. Quit complaining and quit philosophizing. The President said he would make available any resource you need to fight this battle – money, people, equipment – whatever. Get off your back end and go out there and do something. If you don’t know who’s in charge, you certainly won’t find out by just whining to the media.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  25. Patrick

    58 days .58 days ..58 days
    Didn't impress me with his speech. No specifics for an Oval Office Speech. For an Oval Office Speech, I want more !!!!~

    June 16, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  26. Jules Gee

    The oil leak in the gulf is a disaster of huge magnitude. I feel devastated at the human and economic consequences this is produced. The people deserve help and compensation from BP which they don’t seem to be getting.

    But how much do they think Obama can do other than take charge, which he has done from the beginning, if any one bothered to hear what he said in his speeches. He delegated responsibility and dealt with BP. He already has a really competent man in charge in Admiral Thad Allan who reports to him daily. He is not a man who shows any emotion, but is strong and competent. What the country needs.

    But that’s not enough for the ‘The American People’. ‘Please, Please Daddy, come and give us a hug and a kiss, and cry with us, and then go the beaches and help with the clean up, or we won’t vote for you again.’ And he has to do it.! The President of the US has to sacrifice his dignity.

    He’s the President of the US , the most powerful man in the world, whether you like him or not. Treat him with dignity. If anyone knows what that means.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  27. JR

    I see the same Tea Party group now complaining about our President. Two months ago they wanted the government out of their lives. Now they are screaming at the government. We are a capitalistic society and we cannot have it both ways. All these guys that are complaining let them get with BP and use their money to clean it up. I dont recall President Obama drilling that well. Just my opinon.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  28. Hope

    President Obama did well in speaking up for the people of the gulf coast and I support his efforts in green energy. I think that our addiction to oil is like an addiction to heroin, it is distroying us but we keep asking for more. It is time to change.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  29. marjorie

    This is the fault of the oil companies who policed themselves– and let's not–Dick Cheney. Obama is trying to stay calm amid panic.

    Some people of the Gulf want it both ways– clean this mess up "yesterday " but no future regulation or changes because it might upset and chase away the oil companies.

    I support Obama 100%.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  30. Brady

    I hope he stops playing around and gets things taken care of on the Gulf Coast. He gets a D- for last nights speech. Until he does something and gets help to the coast, all his talking is a lot of HOT AIR. He is a good speech maker, saying things you want to hear but action is better than words. No more photo ops on the coast. Get help to these people on the Gulf, 17,000 guardsmen are a day late and a dollar short. They should have been there three weeks ago. Stop the red tape, get things there then go over the paper work. The meeting today seems to be for show, for BP had already agreed to put up 20 Billion Dollars several days ago per news today. I am not upset I'm MAD. I don't care who's lap this falls into, Clinton, Bush or Obama. They do not have clean hands here.

    Brady

    June 16, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  31. Malachi

    President Obama is doing his BEST in responding to the American people. His visits to the gulf clearly show that he cares and will continue to fight for the people of the gulf and our nation. All the negative comments about this situation and about the Presidnets reactions is useless if you were in his sit please tell me what you would do? I will continue to support President Obama and his administration.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  32. Nikki

    Why wouldn't our administration take this opportunity to generate paying jobs funded by BP in addition to those that are looking for recovery funds? Volunteers will always volunteer no matter the financial circumstances. The first priority should be a training program to get people hired.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  33. Carrie

    @Dan this has nothing to do witch party I belong, I respect our President that’s it,
    And sating positive and I’m not a complainer like the rest of you,

    June 16, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  34. bert wrains

    A quote from the Obama administration.
    " do not waste a good distaster"
    I think the Obama administration has been dragging their feet so that this disaster will become a "MAJOR" disaster so that they can capilize on it for their own agenda.
    They do not carre about the american people.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  35. Andrew northcutt

    You can't blame Obama for his wht seems delayed reaction There are governmental department that are responsible for such an incidence prior and post such an event. I'm sure as did everyone else in America assumed BP and the goverment agencies would have jumped on this and corrected the problem uimmediately but they didn't and now the President said enough and took charge...ie if a plane crashes the FAA and the Airline react in minutes..The president is doing his best what should happen is the chain of command below the President should be fired

    June 16, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  36. michael erickson

    Josh & Kyra
    Speaking of photos how about us seeing pictures of the oil platform on the bottom of the ocean? Not once yet has it been shown on TV...why?
    To me it is like the Titanic which took years and years to study its sinking...
    My guess is that it is highly possible that this current sinking of the platform could well have been the result of bombers who started it all in motion...Wild idea? I think not

    June 16, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  37. bob ringer

    would someone please calculate what expenses BP has incurred to date along with a projected worst case scenario and compare that cost to what it would have cost for BP to have reacted to the safety concerns and fixed the faulty safety issues in the first place ,rather than buying off the safety violations with the payment of fines and associated lobbyest costs !!!!!

    June 16, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  38. Steve Mills

    I think the coast guard admiral is a good man doing a hard job. But I think Obama should put Lt. General Russell Honore` and the military on shore, Honore` is a no BS kind of guy who can get the job done.

    Please Administration no more photo ops or "spins", put the Lt. General in charge and get this done.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  39. Stan Davis

    We veoted for President Obama to fix the problems not use our disasters to pass legislation. We couldn't trust the republicans to get it right and now it's obvious we can't trust the democrats to get it right either. We may have been fooled into believing we wanted change, but what we needed was leadership...........does anybody remember what that looked like?

    June 16, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  40. Kevin March, Cincinnati

    Perhaps more progress could be made if those oversized "gumbp-butts" along the Louisiana coast would get tp work and stop complaining. Are they i'gnrant enough that they think the President can actually control the flow of oil from the sea floor?? Obama has at least a dozen urgent crises going on at gthe same time. While I agree that the gulf oil disaster is urgent they should not expect 24-7 attention. The Administration is doing as much as possible to Alleviate the situation...and no president could do more.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  41. Haydee Ruiz

    Jesus Christ! Cut the man a break. Yes this is major severe however the man is doing all he can given this is unprecedented. This is so big that appeasing everyone at every level will just not be possible. American don't be so quick to judge. This is a type of catastrophe that requires things to be done right . America learn patience quick solutions are not the best. The President is going through all the channels keeping in mind the best interest of America. The tallest mountains are scaled one step at a time. This mountain is under water , unknown territory. Grow up America! Yes this is bad but the blame game on our President is not going to make it better. Find ways to help with the clean up. The President is not like the rest of us he has huge problems on his plate and this is just one of them. Give him a break and then let history judge the results!

    June 16, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  42. Elaine Dumont

    Another 'photo-op' even though the $20B escrow was already agreed to previously. It really irked me to hear Pres. Obama refer to BP's "recklessnesses" when I feel it was the MMS's negligence in issuing the permit to drill, without environmental studies and, then, compounding all by allowing three modifications which lessened the safety guards. Let's put the blame where it belongs, move on without trying to take credit where none is due, and GET THE JOB DONE with the cleanup. If the
    Jones Act needs attention, then give it! Stop listening to all the lawyers and listen more to those who have the technical solutions. Also, I think the new head of MMS should be heavy in technical expertise...not yet another lawyer!

    June 16, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  43. John Andy

    I believe it is time that the states and organizations currently involved with the clean up need to swallow their pride immediately. For the sake of our beautiful wildlife, the ocean, our beaches, people and the regions prosperity please swallow your pride and accept help from others. We understand your doing the best YOU can do by yourselves.. Thank you. Now it is time to accept your neighbors hand, because all of us share the tragic consequences of inaction and/or failure. Hire as many individuals with experience as you can and assign them a group of volunteers to train. Those individuals will then obtain experience and knowledge necessary to train more volunteers. In the Army we call it "Train the Trainer" . More people not more money is what we need.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  44. Terry C. Smith

    Walt Kelly had it right, "We have met the enemy and he is us." Or how about Chicken Little, " The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" Or the star of "Network', "I'm sick and tired and I'm not going to take it anymore?"

    Yes, it's a disaster. We have to deal with it. It won't be easy!

    And media hype isn't helping things.

    BP is the acknowledged expert, not some guy who has an office over his garage and wants some face time on CNN. BP acknowledged their responsibility and offered to pay all legitimate claims a long time ago.

    Our president is doing everything he can without adding to the hysteria.

    Our politicians who voted for these wells are now condemning them.

    Are we the same people who won WWII?

    Terry C. Smith
    Arnold, MD

    June 16, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  45. Jon

    I find it amazing that the folks in the South really want the Governments help...aren't many in that area Republicans that want smaller government, reduced government rules and regualtions...and do not want the tyranical Obama administration getting in "their business"...

    I find it amazing that they are bashing Obama for not doing enough when in the same breath they are up in arms about the moratorium he has inacted for new drilling...to prevent this from happenening again...

    President Obama is facing a double edged sword- dammed if you do and dammed it you dont...

    I for one think he has done everything he can do when facing the worst environmental disaster in US history...we are in uncharted territory...everyone needs to understand this.....

    June 16, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  46. Dee Anne Treadway

    Hindsight is 20/20. I am perplexed that people are blaming Obama. With 2 wars and a terrible economy, people seem to think he should have already reformed the mineral oversight and anticipated all that has happened. Only today, did the state of La. say, in light of the incompetency of BP, that they were personally going to protect and cleanup their endangered shorelines. If they weren't out there immediately, how can you expect the federal govt. with no expertise or mandate to have solved the problems? Failure has had to unfold in order to address the problems. We are lucky to have an intelligent, caring, deliberative President in this time of distress. No one is perfect but you cannot compare this to Katrina where the problems were caused by the govt. (untended levees, failure to respond and half La.'s national guard in Iraq.) I hope Christ begins now what Jindel only declared today. And, Georgia and the Carolinas might also take heed and get prepared.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  47. Jack in WV

    The President should realize he is the "Commander and Chief" and utilize his power and use the Coast Guard, National Guard, and even the Navy to insure the oil does not reach our beaches. The oil could be corraled with mesh netting in the gulf at ground zero (this could have been done sinse day one). The technology is not new, we don't need lawyers now we need action.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  48. Jorge

    I'm waiting to see if Finger Pointer in Chief has morphed into A–Kicker in Chief.
    "In control since Day One"???
    When will BP become USP???
    Answers please

    June 16, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  49. bert wrains

    I would consider the dispersent to be a hazard to the entire envirement.
    i agree that the oil should be allowwed to surface and burn it right on thew spot. 100 miles at sea.

    What happened to the Jones ct?
    We could get techincial help from other countries that know this problem.
    Is the administrationsw withholding an exemption to the Jones Act because of the union votes that the president his election to?

    June 16, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  50. Irvin

    I believe that nPresident Obama Has done as much as humanly possible. It's funny that while he is being pummeled for his so called lack of response and seemingly insensitivity to the Gulf tragedy, news of an improving economy is going unreported.I blame the press for this.I am from the Gulf region, and have spent some of the best times of my life fishing in areas that are currently being destroyed. But it seems that some people(press included) would like nothing more than to see this man down in Grande Isles wiping off pelicans. Then you would say that he didn't catch enough of them.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  51. Lynn

    BP has lied and misled the government and Americans about this catastrophe from the beginning. The President is doing a good job at handling the unknown. It is hard to fix something that is continually lied about. BP needs to be punished and forced to fix this. My question is, what can we do??? Why no celebrity telethons like for other catastrophies? Where are they??? Americans want to help. We need a venue to do so. Why arent' we raising money to help the people and animals?? Oil people are the ones who need to fix the spill they have the expertise, but we can help our fellow Americans, and want to. Tell us how. I am praying, and crying for them, but want to do more.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  52. John Hoving

    Josh,

    I'm sure my comments will never make the broadcast cut because it runs contrary to sparking an inflammatory tone which is what I think you all are looking for, however, with regard to the gulf.

    It seems very clear to me from the very start that this problem was not going to be solved until the relief well was completed.

    That was then and still is a very time consuming process, months. To paint a picture of irresponsibility on the President of the United States part is in itself irresponsible. People seem to believe he has some other solution at his disposal and he has not acted on it. You and other newscasters know the facts yet the spin continues which only makes this whole crisis even more intolerable. It would be just amazing if the people responsible for covering the crisis in the gulf would remind the ones seeking the Presidents head that he is doing far and above more for this situation than any other President in the past.

    Taking complete responsibility for it was something we have never heard from others yet Mr. Obama has stepped up to the plate and owned this from day one. It would be nice to hear someone in the news media say something positive about the response from the President rather than getting people worked up into a lather.

    Thanks for your time.

    John Hoving

    June 16, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  53. George

    Perhaps Josh and CNN could better balance the interviews/statements made by the public.....now they are fanning the flames of anti-Obama by highlighting only those who seem to think the man could fix it all if only he cared enough.....let's get real folks! And watching CNN would make one believe nothing else is happening in the rest of the world....what about the folks in mid-America who have suffered huge floods recently? News is presumably the job,,,,when "news" is made, tell us....stop regurgitating what we've heard endlessly.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  54. Kathy

    I'm a bit confused as to why we have continued to allow BP to control the situation in the Gulf. It was early in this debacle when we realized they were being less than forthcoming with information as to the extent of this horror. This is OUR country not BP's! Our senators and other leaders would do well to stop throwing stones at BP, accept them as being untruthful, and put their efforts into locating experts in OUR COUNTRY that truly care about what is happening and can help the Gulf. If the Americans in charge of overseeing the building of this rig didn't care enough about America to make sure strict safety standards were being followed and a "real" disaster recovery plan was in place then they should also face severe consequences... my suggestion... they should have the option of going to jail or going to help clean up the Gulf.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  55. Robert Lemmings

    Someone told me that the oil from this particular well was being sold to China or another foreign country. How can offshore drilling in the U.S. free us from dependency on foreign oil if we sell our oil abroad? Surely this is not true!!!

    June 16, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  56. Fred

    First let me say I am a whole-hearted supporter of Pres. Obama (some would say rabid)
    I would give Mr. Obama's Oval; Office speech last night a 'D' . It was nothing but platitudes and more promises, nothing concrete.
    It looks to me like what is needed is someone to say; "Do this, RIGHT ! And the first thing to do is get the oil off the water as soon as possible. I would have thought Admiral Allen would be the person to prioritize the tasks to be accomplished, then issue the orders to the appropriate people or groups; so as to get something concrete done NOW, but I guess Admiral Allen is caught in the bureaucracy.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  57. Bud

    Even with all that he is trying to do to the right wing ,Michele Bachmann, are calling an escrow fund to pay for the damages ,a redistrabution of wealth. She also claims that BP shouldn't have to pay for the unemployment andall the rest.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  58. seabird

    Who to blame first and formost would be the american people for turning their head in the 70's. the warning was there and folks kept riight on buying tanks to commute in. next on the list is the government for prostituting themselves to the oil and car companies.
    Time to rid ourselves of political relics such as Bush, Clintons and O-bamas. As you can see they have all brought change but only to their bank accounts. We fight wars for corporations to advance overseas while we fight the corporations here at home. Osama bin laden coul'nt have done a better job of terrorism.
    Obama is a talker not a leader. He has no real solid core beliefs as if he had he would not have conceded to more deepwater drilling leases. enuff said

    June 16, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  59. Doug Roberts

    Friendly reminder ,the oil spill is nor episodic TV,it will not conclude in 30 min.. There are catastrophic events that can not be resolved in the 24 hr news cycle.That being said, we seem to be living in a Avatar-vacum where American really believe that complex problems have simple solutions. In that connection,I would suggest turning off the talking heads,rejecting these meaningless polls,research print media and accept the fact that an oil spill 5000 feet beneath the Gulf (complex problem) will require new solutions being developed in real time.

    June 16, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  60. Wendy, FL

    Josh, president Obama is doing the best he possibly could like the rest of us to fix the mess former administration and BP have created. it's unfair to blame the president for it. The American people are best of whining beecause they're a nation of whiners.' It seems to me noone could come up with a solution but blame the president. 'Grow up America.' Stop whining.'

    June 16, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  61. Dan

    So Carrie, did you respect President Bush when he was in Office?

    June 16, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  62. Stephanie

    I sit here in Florida just sick about the oil disaster. It doesn't help to listen to people blaming President Obama and anybody else who didn't cause this. I am tired of hearing people talk about their own lives and how they will be ruined. I am not trying to belittle anyone's life or livelihood, but EVERY HUMAN BEING ON THE PLANET HAS USED SOME SORT OF FUEL, WHEREAS ANIMALS HAVE NEVER USED FUEL.

    WHY DON'T WE:

    a. put aside the finger pointing
    b. quit thinking about me, me, me
    c. direct our focus to the real victims, here: THE ANIMALS. They will not be able to file claims for damages or go on TV crying about changes to their culture.

    Why has the American spirit gone from one of "Team effort" to "How does this affect my paycheck?"

    June 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  63. Jon

    To bert wraines comment....

    When using the quote you used– you need to use the entire quote!!

    Rahm Emanual said-" You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

    There is enough mis-information in this world....

    June 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  64. Stephanie

    I sit here in Florida just sick about the oil disaster. It doesn't help to listen to people blaming President Obama and anybody else who didn't cause this. I am tired of hearing people talk about their own lives and how they will be ruined. I am not trying to belittle anyone's life or livelihood, but EVERY HUMAN BEING ON THE PLANET HAS USED SOME SORT OF FUEL, WHEREAS ANIMALS HAVE NEVER USED FUEL.

    WHY DON'T WE:

    a. put aside the finger pointing
    b. quit thinking about me, me, me
    c. direct our focus to the real victims, here: THE ANIMALS.

    They will not be able to file claims for damages or go on TV crying about changes to their culture.

    Why has the American spirit gone from one of "Team effort" to "How does this affect my paycheck?"

    June 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  65. Charlie

    I am schocked at how really stupid most people are about this situation. I do not like Obama or his tatics. However there is nothing he can do about the leaking oil. Only BP and the others in that field will at some point get it stopped. He however is not doing what he can to help keep the beaches protected. He has refused help from other countries and not allowed the states to do what they think needs to be done. His ego is still in the way.

    June 16, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  66. James

    I just read a description of the Powers Of The President from Wikipedia. There is nothing there about forcing BP or any company to pay for everything that has been impacted by this spil. SO... if he cant FORCE them to pay, he must navigate the waters of negotiation with great skill. BPs image is at stake. BP has said they will "fairly pay" for the damages. This does not mean they will just give someone their checkbook and say "get er done boys". It will take time for BP to determine what is "fair" to pay for. The damage has and is being done and will continue till the leak is stopped. Crying that the President is not doing enough is just bull. He is doing the best he can. If there is red tape in place, he did not establish it. It already existed when he came in to office. I am sure he is as angry about red tape as anyone. I am sure he will find a way to cut that tape asap. He does not have a magic wand that will make everyone happy with everything. Give him your support... not just your bull.

    June 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  67. Torben

    It is time for a
    Wartime Economy: War Bonds, Conversion, etc.
    to get us of foreign oil and restore the gulf.

    We as americans can do it, we have plenty times in the past.
    Party line proposals and officials worrying about elections have not managed to get it done.
    Time for the USA to rally as a country.

    June 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  68. stephen

    Hey josh
    Oboma just like his promises he made every american full crap.
    Some might even think the goverment new this was going to happen. So all all the new green energys that oboma promised could be passed though.
    We need to change what "USA" should be change to what it has really become.
    United Slavery Assocation
    And the slaves need to gather and raise up as one, because we can overthrow this sorry excuse for leaders.
    And on other note"
    I search and found what B.P. Rig was getting out this hole in the ocean and if U subtract 15 percent what the say there caughting from total that 95 thousand gallons leaking out a day.

    June 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  69. Cheryl

    Why isn't Gov. Jindal using all the National Guard troops that President Obama has released? He is barely using any at all. Is the republican governor playing politics?

    June 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  70. DotS

    OH pleeze, the Obama haters will settle for nothing less then stuffing his head in the hole to plug the leak.

    Between the last admin and this current supreme court CORPORATIONS have been give the same if not MORE rights then people.
    you HAVE to jump thru a million hoops to do anything.

    There is NOTHING the admin can do, all the scientist LEFT the agencies in charge and the people who were left were literally SLEEPING with the enemy (oil/gas/mining interest)

    Exon has succesfully fought in court for the last 25 years not to pay a dime that was awarded, the very fact that Obama is able to set a payment fund in advance is a MIRICLE.

    I still want to know WHY if they are leasing LEASING the seabed WHY we as landlords don't have rights of inspection???

    and if BIG OIL is underestimating THIS well by millions of gallons perhaps they are cheating the STATES out of billions in revenue.
    Perhaps the politicians wouldn't be so eager to plant smooches on their behinds.

    Ask the American Indians about the ACCOUNTING practices of big oil/gas/mining. It will be an eyeopener.

    June 16, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  71. Joyce from the gulf coast

    just listened to the suggestions of Lt Gen Honore`.
    is he suggesting marshal law should be declaired?
    it sounded awfully close to it.

    June 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  72. craig troxler

    Dependence on oil! Look around and see what is related to oil. Building materials, appliances, autos, roads, etc. All the conviences of life is oil related. Take a good look and see what you want to give up. Bet some of the wind turbines have oil products in them. Think about that.

    June 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  73. B MAJKUT

    OH Get with it! I am so angry. Who runs this nation BP? I have seen so many great ideas on the news,and BP has seemed to turn them ALL down. We do not care about thier GREED. We Do care that someone came into this country and have no consideration of Just how much we Love our beaches and seafood and way of life. I am sure that BP executives do not have to worry where thier next meal or home or business loan may be paid,with making 12,000.00 a day is this right? IT IS an insult to us WE THE PEOPLE!!!!! Why did and why is our Government waiting to stop cleanup around the main area where it is comeing from? If we get a hurricane or another NO NAME storm who is going to pay for ALL of our OIL washed homes as we live on the water?What is BP doing with kevin Costner &brothers invention that seems to work? We the Gulf coast People want CLEANUP YESTERDAY FROM THE BIG SLICK INWARD TOWARDS THE SHORES.SOMEONE PLEASE GET YOURSELVES TOGEATHER ... GET ORGANIZED AND START THE CLEANUP IN A LARGER SCALE KEEPING SO MANY OUT THERE WHERE IT IS SO LARGE BEFORE WE ALL HAVE TO PAY.

    June 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  74. Connie

    I was sick when i first saw the oil spill.Our president has try to do what the people ask for down there but it never enough.I have had about all of the smart talk about our president i can take if i was president i would tell them i quit sense you know what to do you do it.You do not appreicate what i have done and you know the answers you do it and lets see how well you do. Most of them did not vote for him any way. Every body know the best way to take care of the spill. and when there are 1,000 of people coming at you everybody knows best just imagne that coming at you all the time.. when people should just shut up and let the president and his people do there job everthing takes time.Give the Man a break and stop showing it on tv 24 7 enough is enough give people time to do there jobs stop raming it down there throats.

    June 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  75. Tira

    Why is President Obama being blamed for this disaster? Who cares about response time... Who has, or should have had the capability to shut down the pipeline incase of an emergency? Who clearly cut corners in their paperwork, and is concerned about collecting as much oil back into these ships and putting money back into their pockets than BP,(not so much as protecting the gulf, its people and it's wildlife). Either way, BP is going to come out on top. We're already paying higher gas taxes and everything else produced by gas will go up as well. BP will still get back all money deposited into that account. So honestly... No more off shore drilling, Period!

    June 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  76. BB

    Here is something to think about. Maybe this oil spill is our equivalent of Sodom and Gohmorrah.
    Since this administration has been in, they have expanded abortion (I mean murder) rights, the homosexuality rate has sky rocketed (Sodom and Gohmorrah??).
    If we don't get our country back on the moral values we have known for so long, this President is going to have a lot more of these "natural disasters" to deal with. Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, etc.
    It could be the Almighty is trying to wake us up.

    June 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  77. Elaine Dumont

    Why can't BP finally close this leak completely instead of gathering what saleable oil they can? Seems to me they've tried so many alternatives without full success that it's worked only to prolong the situation. I hope this was discussed at today's meeting with Obama – perhaps he even thought to bring it up himself!

    Also, we must move ahead with research and develop alternate fuels for our vehicles. I recently watched a documentary called "Who Killed The Electric Car" which got my blood boiling! GM, under the Saturn logo, successfully developed an electric car referred to as the EV-1. The way in which that technology was abandoned, plus the way the total numbers of EV-1s were shamelessly 'repossessed', then driven (in secret) to a large empty area and deliberately crushed, should never have been allowed to happen. This was in 1996..giving .fourteen years of lost experience which could have helped us escape our total dependence on oil.... now who should we suppose was behind that?

    June 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  78. joey

    why don't they try a pipe with a baloon seal?

    June 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  79. Dawn McCaleb

    Obama promises a 90% fix for the hole spewing oil, when a short time ago he was proudly professing "drill baby drill". Well, I'm sorry. 90% is not good enough for me. And it's too little WAY too late. Not when Dr. John Howard on 6/15 testifies to the health hazards possible from dealing with the immense clean-up that really hasn't even begun.

    What's to happen when the earth throws upon the cities, where our families live, work, and play, an 'oil-ridden' sea brought about by hurricanes? What are we to do then, BP Executives, who failed to plan anything but the bank accounts to deposit the profits?

    So, we turn to our government. It's 58 days and so far I am unimpressed. I would have (my first mistake I admit) expected that our government would have (second mistake assuming they would have) stepped in much sooner and taken over after no real action or plan to action on BP's part.

    Obama pledges to make BP pay for the damages. Now I know that Obama really thinks we are a clueless society. Seriously, they will pay? How exactly will BP do that I ask? Really, it's rhetorical. How do you pay for health damages? How do you weigh and pay for ecological damages?

    Stop the talk, Walk the walk. That is the ONLY way I'll ever be impressed. Ecological, clean energy options are the only option if this country is to move forward. If helping produce jobs and saving the earth are not options to make politicians stop and consider other viable energy options, then why are they in office in the first place? Who are you electing and why?
    Just do it already.

    June 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  80. RLP2010

    I would like to know how much the Pay Czar-Kenneth Feinberg is going to get out of the $20 billion dollars to manage this process? My guess is that he and his company will receive the largest checks out of everyone involved.

    June 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  81. Jan B Stott

    Hey Josh, yes, the oil spill is a gigantic mess, but what has the U.S. &
    President Obama have to do with it? The drilling operation is owned by a foreign company (BP), & is located in international waters. It's
    self-evident that BP is at fault & will bear all cleanup costs, but the
    president has no power over BP to make them work faster. The Quicker the clean-up, the cheaper for BP (and saving it's image in
    consumers eyes). The President has a lot of other stuff on his plate
    that he's already responsible for, so let him work on those problems
    that he has power over. Thanks...JAN

    June 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  82. Dawn McCaleb

    I BLAME YOU AMERICA

    Sick of politicians claiming to care when they obviously don't! Sick of big oil- drill baby drill and worry later! What companies do you know who operate their businesses like that? Sick of people who sit around and do nothing and still buy BP gas, seriously! I see you out there! I have been trying to cut WAY back on oil/gas consumption, not just boycotting BP altogether.
    Wake up AMERICA, it's your fault too, it's my fault too, for not demanding action (NOW and before), for not reducing our consumption. Why are we just sitting by & waiting? What are you doing? WHAT? PLEASE TELL ME?

    June 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  83. Jack in WV

    BP is to be blamed for the oil spill/explotion and even the leak continuing to spill in the gulf. However Pres. Obama is to blame if any oil reaches our shores. He is the Commander and Chief and access to an unlimited number of scimmers and dredging netswith booms, which could have contained the oil several miles off the coast. His inepness put us in this situation. If he would have reacted right away, he could have been a hero. Still today, he isn't doing anything. How can you anyone support him anymore???

    June 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  84. john doe

    OBAMA, THAT was not to "HARD" was it??? It's a start!!! USA is the way!!! ALWAY'S!!!

    June 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  85. Mary

    Please tell me what BP is going to do for the 11 men's families killed on the rig at the beginning of this mess, BP needs to openly agree to get compensation to them immediately

    June 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  86. stanleymaxnana

    The representative from BP stated no dividends to shareholders this year. He did NOT, however, mention bonus' to executives. What's up with that?

    June 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  87. Sheila

    I thought the comment by the commentator after the BP chairman spoke was uncalled for. He said something to the effect of not being able to believe him. You have no right o judge whether or not he is telling the truth. In fact, you may be lying when you speak. I rarely watch this, stopped to hear his perspective so do not know his name. He was a black man. I am not prejudced, I do not know his name so that is a way to tell you about him.

    June 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  88. Rick Hughey

    BP should be held accountable, but let's not pretend that BP cutting dividends hurts no one but "fat cat" investors. BP's "decision" may assuage some of the pain to gulf coast people and create political points, but what about all those blue collar Amoco/Standard Oil retirees and their survivors who stand squarely on the path of unintended consequence? They rely on BP's 7% dividend. Who will make them whole? Frankly, I'm even feeling a bit sorry for myself and the large number of regular folks like me who hold IRA and 401k mutual funds.

    June 16, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  89. Alcie

    I wish the President would have addressed how the BP lining in his suit coat had an impact on his response to the oil spill month 1 1/2 as well as now. It has already been reported by a few news agencies that a non-partisan group, Center for Responsive Politics, determined that lining to be around $71,000 from BP political action committees & employees to PRESIDENT OBAMA- BP's TOP RECIPIENT of CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS in the past 20 years. Or maybe we should further investigate who doesn't seem to be in the spotlight on Capitol Hill either: over $35,000 BP dollars to the House Energy Comm. in 2008 & another BP gift of over $100,000. to the Senate Homeland Sec. Comm. Or maybe we should look into the perpetual BP dollars going to federal candidates on both sides of the aisle...to the tune of 3.5 million. The Democrats, including Obama, look alot less green on the environment & alot more BP green in dollars AND oil connections considering as a group they've pocketed millions of campaign contribution dollars by BP over the years. Why has the federal response been slow? Maybe it has something to do with some personal attatchement to BP Green or maybe they're just influenced by BP's nearly 16 million dollars worth of lobbying last year. (almost triple of what they spent in '99) How come no one seems to be talking about this????? You reported it once, CNN. Where's the follow up? Where's the investigation? Why not "keep them honest"?

    June 16, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  90. Alcie

    For those who think we should just stop all off shore drilling, I suggest you stop taking your usual transportation (car, bus, train, plane, boat, motorcycle, etc. ) and start walking or riding a bike. Then we can fight obesity at the same time. Since it will take everyone longer to get around town...or across the country, we could all become a bit more educated on the subject as well. Do we need more solutions to the energy crisis? YES. Do we need better solutions? YES. But are you going to get in an airplane anytime soon that is powered by a windmill or solar panels? I know I won't. Get the facts before blowing hot air.

    June 16, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  91. Jaye McCarroll

    Melanie said it all in her comment. So exactly Who Is In Control? I still don't know. I live on the coast of Alabama and am praying for all of Louisiana. Seems like the last few years Louisiana has gotten it at both ends. God bless you Louisiana.

    June 16, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  92. African Lives VS American lives which is superior?

    President Barack Obama, Well-done for your concerns for American people and their wellbeing. I admire your determination to fight for what you believe in spite of stiff opposition and criticism among American whom you are trying to protect.
    2. BP Executives, I am delighted that you are prepared to take responsibilities for an environmental disaster that occurred as a result of oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico which you have tried to fix but proving very dangerous and difficult.
    3. Shell Petroleum Executives, you should be ASHAME of your operations in Nigeria and the continuous environmental caters trophy that you are causing to millions of innocent lives in Nigeria – Niger Delta and for your contribution to thousands who have lost their lives.
    4. Nigerian Leaders, Nigerian Leaders, past and presents, wake-up, wake-up to new realities. Good Governance is not limited to American president and his environment alone. A young man, half African, is fighting for both African American and white American, the Latinos, the Indians, the Espania and all other American and other countries around the Gulf of Mexico not to suffer from polluted water and experience environment disaster without compensation.
    5. This reaction makes me wonder if any Nigerian presidents past and present have any value for their subjects’ lives. Could we all Nigerian beg American President Barack Obama to include Nigeria in his foreign policy to help us clean up Shell Petroleum mess in Nigeria and help save millions of lives and put this older inexperience one to shame like their secret business partners.
    6. $20 billion for compensation and no one has died yet? I will like the world to set-up human right court for all Nigerian presidents including those who are trying come back for a third term in office with such an appalling past records.
    Larry Jones

    June 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  93. Mark Meade

    I share the melancholy emotion evident in President Obama during his recent address from the Oval Office. I shared that same emotion during the address form President Kennedy durig the Cuban Missle Crisis.

    June 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  94. Pam

    Living in the region, I understand the frustrations of the people of the gulf south. They are panicked about the futures. They are looking at their immediate needs, and as such, want results now. I do not understand your advocating enough is not being done now. If I am not mistaken, you, like our president is an attorney. YOU understand that negotiations do not happen overnight. If our president met with BP 6 weeks ago the people of the gulf south would not be looking at 20 billion dollars. THANK GOD we have a president who does not rush into transactions. Instead of lauding the the president for this triumph, you continue to look for a negative spin on this story. We know the negatives. We are living the negatives. If there was an immediate solution to the spill there would not be oil still spilling into the gulf. What's your solution? If you have nothing positive to offer I think you should sit this one out.

    June 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  95. African Lives VS American lives which is superior?

    My name is Larry Jones the Director of Studies of London Academy for Higher Education a BAC accredited college in London and LAHE Management Institute in Dubai accredited by KHDA. I also have a campus in Lagos Nigeria currently undergoing accreditation with the NUC and a registration office in Abuja the Capital city of Nigeria.

    I am working hard to promote “Equality in Education” to both developing and developed economies and for the less privilege. I strongly believe that if Mohammad Yunus the father of micro credit can bring or rather introduce opportunities to people in Bangladesh and give the poor hope for the future, I want to promote equality in Education for the less privileged African. Firstly, Sixty to Seventy percent of most African are uneducated for some foolish reasons inexplicable to any sound minded individuals. Of course I know some of the reasons...

    Dear friends of Africa, the time has come for African to find a way like Indians, Malaysians, Singaporeans’ in creating a better environment for themselves. Most African are victim of bogus institutions around the world and are exploited by most universities in developed world by asking the so call poor individuals from poor countries including fairly ok to pay an extortionate prices to gain some form of qualifications. Some who gained such education and show good initiatives and demonstrated good judgement are hired for the continuous development of the developed world which is now creating mass exodus of able young mind from Africa to jump ship and never to think of helping to develop Africa. Remember what formal UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said about developing Africa? He said “No one will develop Africa except African themselves” so true..

    The recent trends is most educated European and those with little skills are finding their way back to Africa again for opportunity of living like a king with no hope of helping to develop the continent. Maybe I am wrong, then Take Nigeria for example, the home of so many European after fifty years of so call independence, has not been able to power her cities like most other small countries in around the world and create jobs for millions of half bake graduates and good one, thereby creating further kaus in an already uncomfortable situation that many experience everyday of their lives .

    Recently, Britain has introduced point base system (PBS) in order to control immigration and announces a CAP on non European immigrant and making the lives of so many international students’ a mystery with closure of so many good and affordable education establishments. Whilst I agreed with a shakeup of what was becoming an uncontrollable bogus higher institution in Britain, more care would have been taken to allow genuine institutes to survive. I am hundred percent sure it will affect African the most among others, these are the one and few other developing countries that promote education in the developed world.

    Better management of resources and taking ownership for our failure on the world stage might help to find our way back to reality and stop depending on hand out and start to create opportunity for ourselves and future generation of African.

    The accreditation of business and management courses for institution that are ready to open branches in Africa to conduct genuine business should be encourage more by your organisation. I promise to represent you well enough in Africa. We could look into a project of young migration

    I apologise for my long essay, but i will appreciate your honest opinion and comment

    Kind regards

    Larry Jones

    June 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  96. Carl

    The President isn't being blamed by anyone with credibility or ethics. Its only the Republicans and we know never to trust anything they say. Of course its BP's fault and our President is doing everything humanly possible to hold their feet to the fire.

    June 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  97. Vernon Rousselle

    This is Vernon ,Idid put a comment today on your blogs , and five minutes after aguy from Louisiana that works on oil rigs phone me and he had the chance to read it,thank God because now he knows the truth.Ihad to absent myself after for two hours and when I return home Isurch for my comment Icoudnt find it did you by mistake erase it.I'm sure that there is more peoples that wants to read it.But lukely Idid take is phone # Ileft him a message because and he's gona call me back.The truth is gona come out.

    June 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  98. Carl

    After seeing this disaster anyone that touts that "drill baby drill" jargon should be executed for treason.

    June 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  99. Vernon Rousselle

    It's Vernon again it's ashame i did believe in you .Why are you doing this to me,why cant we work together,dont you want to be the ones to tell the American peoples there 's a solution to the problem.

    June 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  100. Bernard

    Americans are a funny bunch. Instead of riling against politicians who keep wanting to drill in places we shouldn't be drilling and feeding our demand for cheap oil at the expense of the environment, they spend their time focusing on insignificant issues like "does the president look angry enough?" Meanwhile it is business as usual for the oil lobby and their paid pundits.

    June 16, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  101. Mishell Innace

    I'm so angry at the whole situation, I'm nearing 40 years old and have been hearing about global warming, renewable energy, and energy independence since I was in the 7th grade and yet this country has dragged its feet leeaving us vulnerable and weak as a Nation. Now we are dealing with the worst environmental disaster ever and the I'm sorries are just not cutting it. BP should not only be responsible for the clean up and compensation but President Obama should make them start a fund for enegy independence. For each barrel of oil that they harvest from our coast half the profits should be put into moving this country towards renewable energy. Oil is an industry of the past and until our government comes to the same conclusion and puts a bill in place to make it so, we as a nation will just continue to chase our tails. My feeling is that President Obama was elected because this country not only wanted a change but needs one desperately and that was his promise to us and I demand he keep it

    June 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
  102. Vernon Rousselle

    Just to let you know that i just send a e-mail to the president that i'm going on tv canada with this.

    June 16, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  103. true

    to be on the scene, of the tragedy since several days. For the population if strong of New Orleans Anderson Cooper you are transparent, courageous and a man who say truth. And yet the majority of people don't want to show the true life and the reality on the ground. you know your presence to bring S 20 billions for this people if generous.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  104. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

    I would like to know if BP can be made to pay these people's mortgages that cannot pay them right now. BP flat out lied and they short cutted instead of making safety the NO 1 priority. BP needs to pay these people's wages they were making and their mortgages until this mess is cleaned up and the worker's can go back to work. I NO long fill my car up at BP.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  105. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

    It figures the Republicans would apologize for President Obama making BP open an Escrow account. If this was the Republican's mess what would they do I wonder? We all remember Katrina?

    June 17, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  106. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    The Republicans gave British Petroleum (BP) executives a white flag by offering too much information on the meeting with the Presidents of the Oil Companies days before. I hope that BP will pay but they are declaring themselves broken. I think that the only thing we will get is this money set aside by BP for compensation which will be in a fund and BP has no control over. The Handling has being poor of the Gulf Oil Disaster. I do believe that the damage will last many years and a ban on fishing should be done. Due to the incompetence of the government, I cannot trust the government.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  107. richard joseph brown jr.

    president obama and bp, i believe god sent me a way to deal with the oil spewing out into the water this morning! i believe the best senario is to take and drop a chain to the ocean floor and hook it to the blow out preventer and pull it up with the drilling pipes below it also. and let the 2500 lbs. of pressure close up the hole from the weight of the water! and drill again later and supply the world! i wish christopher reeves (the real superman) who is in heaven! i believe in my heart mind body and soul is in heaven could just fly down here and fix it, but........ god be with ya'll and hopefully you can drop a chain and pull that bop and the drilling pipes up! thanks sincerly, richard

    June 17, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  108. Jules Gee

    Cnn has live picture of the oil errupting from the pipe 24/7. Has anyone thought the the site of this is only hurting the people who are affected by this, and also the rest of the country. Is it necessary to rub this disaster into their lives, and inflame the emotions of those affected. What is the point of this except the sensationalism for news sake.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  109. richard

    Dear Cnn:

    Great coverage on Bp. I heard Rep. Barton speak and apoligize to Bp. This so called educated person has been in Congreass way too long-26 years or so. Tell me that he never wanted insurance of some sort, especially when Bp has lied over and over again to the American people.
    This is not "graf" that that a lot of Congress take and say they didn't. This is more of an insurance policy, not a shake down. Who's side is Barton on, I mean his pals Cheeney and Bush are out of office? It sounded like he was selling out the coastal American people!!!!! Does Bp lobby this guy for favors or is he involved in something that should not be known to the American people??? Perhaps Barton should consider retirement since he was trying to make this a "political grandstand". This is not about party politics, this is about people, their way of life, wildlfe and the preservation of our gulf waters-would someone kindly tell this to Barton.
    Another sharpy started talking about tobacco and how it kills 60,000 Americans each year-does this Congressman have ADD????
    Both of these Congressman looked like fools while presenting their personal agendas to Hayward which had little or nothing to do with the problem.
    We need leadership in both Houses, not career politicians and lobbyists with rewards for the Congress if they can put the "fix" in for a favorable piece of legislation!!!!

    Proud to be an American,
    Richard
    Another ignorant Congressman (I missed some of this) started talking about how cigaretts kill 60,000 Americans each year. What does this have to do with Bp, Tony Hayward and the horrible crisis?

    June 17, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  110. Janice

    Put things in perspective. BP is being grilled for putting profits over safety and the first cause of the disaster. Okay so reality is now that the disaster exists. Now what, a telethon on CNN to raise money while the celebrities like Oprah get air time and asked "what's in your heart." Compassion, if felt, would immediately help the people devasted by the disaster. Where's the money? Instead the poor people of America who's blood, sweat, and tears that are the backbond of Capitalism are being asked to donate what little they have in economic hard times. SHAME ON THE FAT CATS whether they be BP, Oprahs and other personalities who give lip service. PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS and GIVE IT FROM YOUR HEART INSTEAD OF WORDS!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  111. Mike in Scottsdale

    BP cut did things to cut costs.
    The government allowed it.
    Obama likes to talk but does not do much.

    How many other rigs have this issue?
    Why is the remote shutoff not a requirement in US waters?
    Why are the dispersants outlawed in other countries but OK in the US?
    Why is it that dick chenney seems to have disappeared since this happened?

    June 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  112. steve wisconsin

    The oil spill is going to get worse. When we endorse an agenda of homo-sex, abortion, and fetal stem cell research, we get the curses. When our leader endorses this immoral agenda we really get the curses. Check out 1 and 2 kings and deuteronomy 28 in the bible. Things are only ging to get worse and worse, because we refuse God's word. We are spiritually insane and deserve wht we get. Kick who's ass?

    June 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  113. Mike in Scottsdale

    BP cut did things to cut costs.
    The government allowed it.
    Obama likes to talk but does not do much.

    How many other rigs have this issue?
    Why is the remote shutoff not a requirement in US waters?
    Why are the dispersants outlawed in other countries but OK in the US?
    Why is it that dick chenney seems to have disappeared since this happened?

    akshdasdkaskd

    June 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  114. wanda

    Hey Tony, love your segment of CNN!!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  115. Smith in Oregon

    Today President Obama DID what no Republican lawmaker, nor Republican President has ever done NOR even tried.

    President Obama sat down with BP's Big Oil CEO and demanded a whopping 20 BILLION dollar escrow fund be set up to provide immediate funding to equipment, Gulf business, and Gulf resident Oil Spill related claims.

    As early as last week ALL of the Republican Lawmakers including House Congressional Minority John (drill baby drill) Boehner and US Senate Minority Leader Mitch (drill baby drill) McConnell who ALL stated that Federal Government AND BP needed to Pay for all the costs incurred. These crass and extremely callous comments spewing out of the mouths of the Republican leaders who have obstructed Unemployment benefits and a wide range of legislation over their hypocritical mantra of fiscal responsibility!

    Democratic President Obama from the beginning insisted that BP PAY for ALL of the damage, cleanup, claims, equipment and vessels needed to clean, correct and fix the damages incurred from BP's Crude Oil spill.

    Undoubtedly, with pre-existing lax and lame Gas and Oil laws written by Republican lawmakers over many decades severely limit liability and responsibility by Big Oil, Gas and Coal companys when accidents occur. AND Republican placed Federal Judges across the Gulf Region (50%) were elected directly with the help of Big Oil funding their campaigns. AND Bush jr. placed Big Oil's friend US Supreme Court Chief Justice into his jurist position.

    ALL of this, President Obama faced down with courage and conviction to force BP and its team of corporate Gas and Oil attorneys. It is likely President Obama had found evidence of neglect to follow reasonable safety regulations and President Obama suggested America would pull the extremely lucrative US Military Fuel contract from BP if BP didn't OK that enormous 20 BILLION dollar escrow account. Yes, that is hardball and that is why America needs a man such as President Obama and more Democratic lawmakers elected into public service.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  116. Brian

    Trace Adkins is uninformed. Engineering practice demands systems be stopped and reviewed for failure analysis. Then decide if improvement is necessary. Note, Chevron Exxon and shell are already taking the same steps.

    Brian

    June 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  117. Barry A. Selner

    We should be looking for other defective wells and do something about them before we have an other mess. Has anyone checked BP other wells?

    June 18, 2010 at 12:13 am |
  118. Gwen

    The emails provided in the hearing only indicate engineering decisions made on the rig. Until the forensic investigation is complete there is no way to know if those decisions had an impact on the explosion.

    June 18, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  119. John

    The US consumes more energy than any other nation, and we need to pay for the energy either through 1) being dependent on foreign oil – Saudi; 2) creating other benevolent dictators – Iraq; or 3) by creating our own comprehensive energy policy with strong oversight.

    While the spill has been horrendous it will unify the country by making us more aware of the true cost and risks associated with our "crack" or energy habit and revamp our government oversight.

    June 18, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  120. Gwen

    They should have been asking whether the various engineering decisions violated any laws or engineering practices. That is something Hayward could have answered...

    Engineers always have meetings to decide what to do, people on the team will have different opinions. A decision is made by the engineering team. If an engineer ( or anyone on the rig) believes that a particular decision is unsafe they have an obligation to shut down the process. If no one shut it down then they must have believed the decision were sound. Just because a decision is made that is cheaper/less time consuming does not mean that the more expensive one would have been safer.

    June 18, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  121. Jannan J. Cornstalk

    If the BP execs really gave a rats #$% then they would roll up their sleeves and get down and dirty down in the gulf. What better way to show they truly care by participating in the clean up!! If I saw them participating in the clean up and without the maximum protectiive gear then maybe I would truly think they care. Start from the top and have a trickle down effect..ya think?

    June 18, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  122. cody coulson

    To ALL Americans-please do not betray all our fellow americans suffering in the gulf states by being stupied enough to stop buying BP products!! IF BP goes bankrupt we just screwed all those hard working americans and taxpayers will be stuck with billion n billions of dollars to help clean up this mess--hate BP all you want but love you fellow americans enough to swollow hard and buy BP Please for the animals n our suffering americans !!!!!!Thank You Cody

    June 18, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  123. Jannan J. Cornstalk

    To all of the non-native populations throughout the US...whatever you do to the web you do onto yourself (Native American quote)...I hope when the pendulum swings back the other way Mother Earth isn't too harsh with us.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  124. KC Jones

    In typical government fashion, OUR elected officials are very busy posturing and trying to make as much political hay as the situation will allow.

    First, FIX THE PROBLEM NOT THE BLAME!!

    Once the spill is stopped and the clean up is well under way, then find out exactly what caused the explosion and the well blowout and insure that the correct steps are taken to prevent it happening again.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  125. Lee

    President Obama had nothing to do with the 20 billion dollar fund; BP att'ys were far more astute and realized from the get-go that it was the less expensive way out. Their "benevolence" avoided lengthy litigation.
    Re the great debate as to barrels of oil spewing from the well, wouldn't it make sense that from the very beginning it would amount to at least what BP had been pumping, if not more? How gullible we were to believe anything less.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  126. KC Jones

    Who is actually in charge in the Gulf?

    Is the Coast Guard organizing the skimming, burning and the laying of the boom, or is BP coordinating the complete operation?

    WHO DID President Obama put in charge or has he just realized we have a problem that he should be involved in?
    It appears he is only concerned with the MONEY, not resolving the problem!

    LEE,
    President Obama called the meeting to establish the Disaster Escrow Fund. BP CEO Tony Hayward has said all along that BP takes responsibility and will pay for the damages.

    June 18, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  127. Kathy

    Are we ever going to become a color blind society? Some white politician makes a totally dumb statement apologizing to BP – instead of taking the comment for what it was (just plain ignorant) it has somehow become an attack on our black president simply because he is black. Come on news people... black and white... just get on with reporting the news. Don't feed into the ignorance of judging someones performance based on his/her color.

    June 18, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  128. KC Jones

    Why is any criticism of President Obama automatically a race issue? He can and does make mistakes. He is the President and his actions are subject to criticism, he does not get excused just because he is black!

    June 18, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  129. jennifer

    tony thanks for letting the young black male express himself. yes with words and not guns. it makes me want to give more money to hbcu and local schools. thanks tony and cnn

    June 18, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  130. Neil Enders

    Tony it makes me cry, inside and outside, that we are even having a discussion about white/black beauty in America in 2010..

    Think about it, by definition of a black person – 5% or any drop of black blood. America is not a white country. The majority of the population meet that criteria and the USA is a black majority country!!!!

    YOU ARE NOT A MINORITY PERSON!!

    Unfortunately, the reality is – money is power!!

    But when I feel depressed that the world is going to hell in a hand basket – I just think of Nelson Mandela. He spent most of his early adult life in prison – and then became president of the country!!

    HOW SWEET IT IS!!!!!

    June 18, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  131. Jorge

    Given Obama Administration has been "in control since day one" things haven't gone all that well. After 60 days it's about time clamping device is put on wellhead and flow 99.99% collected.
    Clean-up is Obama Administration's Katrnia and finger pointing at Prior Administration won't solve it.
    About time to end senseless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and put resources to work here.

    June 18, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  132. Greg, Ontario

    Americans may think this is their problem to fix and nobody elses buisness but they are wrong. The air you are poisoning by burning the oil is breathed by the entire planet. The water in the gulf today will in time circulate the entire globe. This is a global problem and the only mistake President Obama has made so far is believing that Americans could solve this problem by themselves. In short it was your job to look after the Gulf America and as usual you dropped the ball. That being said it's time to swallow your undeserved pride and ask for help in a global forum.

    What I don't understand is if a relief well is the only way to stop a leak when the blowout preventer fails, why aren't relief wells a required part of the drilling structure. They could drill to a certain depth, drill the relief system and then continue drilling. Why aren't you using the technology used to make the tunnel under the englsh channel to make well heads possible below the surface or from land? There has never been a problem with these choices except cost and as usual it comes down to the almighty dollar.

    June 18, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  133. mike

    Even bringing up race regarding teachers is racist in nature. The problem and resolution must start from the home, not teachers. I dont care what race a teacher is from, but I do care if they are capable. We need the best available regardless of race. One of the best teachers I had in high school was from India. Why are we not pushing for Indian teachers? Sounds like more Obama hogwash.

    June 18, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  134. Smith in Oregon

    Although Republican Congressman Joe Barton (Texas) stated he was speaking for himself and later apologized for his extremely rude and jealous remark towards President Obama, viewers of the ongoing hearing noticed the entire rank and file of the Republican lawmakers gathered and in the audience were nodding their heads with distinct approval.

    All Joe Barton stated was that which ALL Republican lawmakers were muttering when President Obama convinced BP to put up 20 Billion dollars rather than have the American Taxpayers pay that.

    Republican lawmakers switchboards were deluged by American's angry and fed up with the Republican lawmakers and today it appears The Republican Lawmakers struck back against all Americans living on Main Street, USA as they read phone books to their fellow US Senators in filibustering a group of urgently needed spending bills rather than allowing them to be voted on.

    One of the bills would impose a increase in the liability costs for Crude Oil spills by Big Oil corporations. All of the Republican lawmakers including Joe (bomb bomb Iran) Lieberman voted against raising the liability costs the federal Govt. can hold against Big Oil, go figure!

    June 18, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
  135. Mike Marcello

    I live 1 hr. from the gulf I can not belive that it is very possible that I may never take my grand children fishing or to go enjoy the beaches or the Tarpon Rodeo. If people all over the country want to help dont
    stop doing bussiness with BP, do as much business as you can I think it is better to keep the company alive so they can pay for this spill we do not need BP to consider going bankrupt. (in my opinion)

    June 19, 2010 at 6:37 am |
  136. David

    I always get gas at the closest gas stations near me and BP is not one of them, so not using them for me would not really be "boycotting" them. However if all of the stations are franchises in the US and the actions of BP have hurt them, then why doesn't Obama include an option of cancelling their long term franchising contracts with BP in his negotiations of settlements with BP? I know that whenever I pass a BP station anytime in the future I will always remember this disaster even years from now. We might as well get the BP signs out of the US now as most of us will remember this for a long time.

    June 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  137. Leon

    BP can inform residents within close proximity on the most effective way to clean the ocean and as an incentive to collect for their own profit. I would solely predicate it to save the whales.

    June 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  138. William

    What right does the US Government have stopping offshore drilling, and what right does the US Government have requiring Permits to drill? Aren't these in INTERNATIONAL waters?

    June 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  139. John o

    Why doesn't Obama order all oil rigs in the Gulf inspected and test the blowout valves

    June 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  140. Edwin

    Tony:

    If it's The USA and England are to Play one another in the World Cup this would surely create an international Television Craze..... With BP vs. The Gulf being in the NEWS!

    June 23, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  141. Rob in Wisc

    Hey Tony!
    These people who are saying that there should not be a moratorium on oil drilling in the gulf are brain dead! Regardless whether or not this spill happened the fact remains that these oil companies have drilled BEYOND their abilities to do a single thing to stop a leak of this magnitude!! The drilling should ALL be stopped until they have ALL submitted approved emergency spill action plans with proven systems that can actually STOP a disaster of this nature from happening!

    June 23, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  142. LaKresha

    The world wants Obama to shut down this oil immediately. I suggest that he plug it up with some of these life-sucking Republicans. This is what happens when you rob other countries of its natural resources. We wanted oil so bad, we got it. You reap what you sow.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  143. Mark

    The reporter that talked about BP's wealth this morning needs to re-visit her math. She said BP had 10.5 billion barrels of oil in reserve at a value of $80 per barrel. She said that totalled $80 billion... I think it is more like $840 billion.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:49 am |
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