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President Obama on the BP Spill Independent Commission

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I strongly agree with President Obama that we need to hold both BP and Washington accountable. Unfortunately, I doubt that much will change in the cozy relationship between regulators and Big Oil, until what John McCain used to call the “iron triangle” – special interests, campaign finance and lobbying – is seriously addressed.  Also, we need to keep a much closer eye on the “revolving door” between private industry and government regulators of that same industry.  As President Obama says, we “need to take a comprehensive look at how the oil and gas industry operates and how we regulate them.” Hopefully, this commission will come up with recommendations that address these issues, plus make strong recommendations for offshore oil drilling that ensure that disasters like this never happen again.

  • If Obama’s response to this is to keep pushing for drilling with a different set of regulations, we’ll have missed a chance to right our national energy ship.  

  • Shenandoah Democrat

    It seems to me that the so-called emergency response of government agencies like to Army Corps, the Coast Guard, and FEMA is sadly lacking. Local efforts to build barrier islands are being held up, and BP clearly sees the leak as a mechanical issue to be resolved by their engineers. It seems that nobody is willing to take on Big Oil. I agree with James Carville that Obama’s response has been naive and lackadaisical, and he should be much more actively engaged. He’s not, probably because the WH thinks the problem is unresolvable–it is–and doesn’t want to become too identified with it.

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    As I understand it, there is no – repeat no – viable way to clean up an oil spill of this magnitude. There never has been, up to this time.

    Americans – the majority of whom still support off-shore oil drilling – should bear that in mind. In a representative democracy, “the people” are the only ones who can change policy. Unfortunately, the “people in charge” are the wealthy corporate types.

  • VADEM

    please. ANOTHER commission????????

    COME ON.