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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 01:21 PM
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Obama Vows End to ‘Cozy’ Oversight of Oil Industry


WASHINGTON — 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.”

Mr. Obama said that he, too, feels the “anger and frustration” expressed by many Americans, and particularly by residents and business people in the gulf region.

“We know there’s a level of uncertainty,” Mr. Obama said, over just how much oil is gushing into the gulf from the undersea well that was left damaged and leaking by an explosion and fire that sank a drilling rig in April. He added that his administration’s response has always been “geared toward the possibility of a catastrophic event.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/15/us/politics/15obama.h...
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 01:26 PM
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1. barn door open - check
horse not to be found - check

:rofl:
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 01:28 PM
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2. A vow!
Edited on Fri May-14-10 01:28 PM by Bluebear
:scared:
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IndianaJoe Donating Member (664 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 01:34 PM
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3. Good! That's what regulation's supposed to be about! n/t
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 02:09 PM
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4. You want to put an end to cozy oversight, President Obama?
Why don't you start by firing that gentleman over your right shoulder? He has a lot of ties to the oil industry. You don't need an industry insider for that job. You need someone who knows nothing about the business, and will challenge EVERYTHING.

Why do you need this?

Why can't this be done?

How do you know this is fail safe?

Where are the studies on this design?

When was this last tested?

Why do you need special consideration when you're making billions in profits every month?

You have a bad safety record. Why should you be trusted going forward?

We need someone who needs proof of everything, questions everything, and verifies what they are being told. Obviously, the wrong people are in those positions now.
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-10 03:10 PM
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8. And why are you allowing
the company to keep the press out and enable a news blackout?
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 02:28 PM
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5. He was for it before he was against it.
:eyes:

And he's vowed a lot of things like ended the Iraq war, closing the Gitmo prison, repealing DADT and health care as a right of citizenship. None of that has happened either.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 02:29 PM
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6. "Oh noes. Not that." - Republicons & Allied Oil Cronies
Edited on Fri May-14-10 02:36 PM by SpiralHawk
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Feron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 04:22 PM
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7. blah blah blah
Instead of speechifying, how about actually doing something*?!!!

*For the ordinary Americans that is.

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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-10 03:12 PM
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9. How about you do that with ALL big busniess unwilling to be regulated?
Won't hold my breath...
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-10 03:12 PM
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10. I'll believe it when I see it and I won't hold my breath. nt
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Catherina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-10 03:25 PM
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11. Another day. Another vow. More hot air into a bottomless pit n/t
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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-10 03:27 PM
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12. Sure, the photo shows him pointing his finger, but did he wag it?
nt
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