Obama Puts Oil Companies on Blast
Posted on May 14, 2010
In a stern rebuke of the irresponsibility that has defined the actions of those involved in the Gulf oil spill, President Barack Obama has revoked the “cozy relationship” that the U.S. government has had with oil companies and criticized those companies’ finger-pointing as part of a “ridiculous spectacle.”
The New York Times:
President Obama angrily denounced the finger-pointing among the three companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as a “ridiculous spectacle,” and vowed on Friday to end what he called the “cozy relationship” between the government and the oil industry that has existed for a decade or more.
In sharp remarks during an appearance in the Rose Garden, Mr. Obama announced a review of environmental safeguards for oil and gas exploration to prevent future spills. He said that he “will not tolerate any more finger-pointing or irresponsibility” from the industry or the government over who made the mess or how to fix it.
“This is a responsibility that all of us share,” Mr. Obama said. “The oil companies share it. The manufacturers of this equipment share it. The agencies and the federal government in charge of oversight share that responsibility.”
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais
President Barack Obama walks out the Oval Office on Friday with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar after a closed meeting with his Cabinet and other senior administration officials on the ongoing effort to stop the BP oil spill.