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By: T. Cahill
Washington, D.C. (June 2) – President Obama and Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, met yesterday with former Senator Bob Graham and Bill Reilly, former EPA Administrator, regarding a “full and thorough investigation of the cause of the BP oil spill”.
Reilly will chair the bipartisan BP Oil Spill Commission. In his remarks, President Obama stressed, “If the laws on our books are insufficient to prevent such a spill, the laws must change. If oversight was inadequate to enforce these laws, oversight has to be reformed.” He continued, “If our laws were broken, leading to this death and destruction, my solemn pledge is that we will bring those responsible to justice on behalf of the victims of this catastrophe and the people of the Gulf region.”
Inspecting the areas hardest hit by this man-made disaster, Browner and the President were in Grande Isle, Louisiana last week. Fishermen’s lives are being destroyed, fragile coastal ecosystems threatened, and an entire way of life on the Gulf has already been impacted all due to the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.
In her release, Browner emphasizes, “To be clear: BP is responsible for this oil spill, and we will make sure that BP and any other responsible parties pay not only for the cost of the cleanup, but also for the economic damages suffered by people living in the region whose livelihoods have been affected or destroyed by the spill.”
Additionally, BP and other responsible parties will be held accountable, particularly “government officials [who] have been too cozy with the oil industry – a problem that goes back a decade”. The promise includes the words, “we will clean house”.
President Obama’s address can be viewed at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/06/01/a-full-and-vigorous-accounting-events