A plume of smoke rises on the site of the oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Just a month after President Obama’s rightward lunge into the realm of political appeasement known as offshore drilling, the administration reinstituted a ban on new drilling as it investigates the causes of the rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
One of the best responses to the spill off Louisiana has come from Bill Maher, who on his @billmaher Twitter account declared: “Every asshole who ever chanted ‘Drill baby drill’ should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty.” —JCL
The US administration has banned oil drilling in new areas of the US coast while the cause of the oil spill off Louisiana is investigated.
White House adviser David Axelrod told ABC TV they wanted to know exactly what led to last week’s explosion on the BP-operated rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
Last month President Barack Obama eased a moratorium on new offshore drilling.
Up to 5,000 barrels of oil a day are thought to be spilling into the water, threatening US coastal areas.