June 15th, 2010
07:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama speech to detail oil spill response, call for energy reform

President Obama will note the unprecedented federal response to the oil disaster and cite BP's responsibility to clean up the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history and pay all damages, administration officials said.
President Obama will note the unprecedented federal response to the oil disaster and cite BP's responsibility to clean up the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history and pay all damages, administration officials said.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will detail plans for dealing with the worst oil spill in U.S. history and call for shifting to a clean energy economy when he makes his first Oval Office address to the nation on Tuesday night.

The 18-minute speech being televised nationally will describe what happened in the April 20th explosion and fire on a Gulf of Mexico oil rig that led to the gushing well at the ocean's bottom, according to two senior
administration officials who briefed reporters on condition of not being identified by name.

Obama will emphasize the government's containment strategy in conjunction with oil giant BP, which owns the broken well, to capture as much as 90 percent of the leaking oil in coming weeks as workers dig relief wells intended to halt the spill sometime in August, the senior administration officials said.

In addition, Obama will note the unprecedented federal response to the oil disaster and cite BP's responsibility to clean up the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history and pay all damages, the officials said.

However, the officials conceded that negotiations with BP on a BP-funded escrow account to pay for damages are continuing. They said a main sticking point was whether workers who lose their jobs due to the government's six-month moratorium on offshore drilling would be eligible to file damage claims.

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  1. ehwilson429

    Reform to Obama = another kickback scheme.

    June 15, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Nothing is too big to fail

    Here come the taxes folks.............

    June 15, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    I'm a democrat and I must say something.

    For years no one yelled or compensated a lot of us as our jobs were outsourced, or foreigners were brought in to train to take over our jobs.

    NO ONE. Corporations will make their profits no matter how many little people they hurt. People that protect and defend that should lose their jobs – maybe then they would learn to say something besides NO.

    Sometimes we just have to move, find alternate means of making a living. Sometimes we're not promised we can do what we love for the rest of our lives.

    Sometimes we need to remember how we got into a mess so we don't go back to the same again.

    June 15, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. George of the jungle

    at least this president keeps us informed.

    June 15, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. Jim

    We will hear no current solution just lots of finger-pointing, again.

    Then, ready yourselves for the push for wind, solar air so we can place shields on our car roofs to power them instead of gas. More of the same he offered in the campaign and did not persue.

    June 15, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Liane

    Stop blaming BP and take some responsibility for your own failure to deal with this catastrophe.
    Why did you ignore the many offers of help and expertise from the many international oil producing countries.
    Where are the people who are supposed to oversee oil drilling , they set and implemented the rules and regulations and the federal government is in charge of it.
    Please don't bring your teleprompter .

    June 15, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. Andrea Teran

    Will bp actually pay the damages, or will they just get out of it by filing bankruptcy?

    June 15, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. John Duplantis

    There needs to be a long-term shelter plan in place for everyone on the Gulf Cost ASAP for hurricane "Super Tanker"!     

    June 15, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. ajax

    Will he explain why he refused help from foreign countries that offered their help in cleaning up the oil in the waters? Will he explain why it took nearly 3 weeks after the request to ok biuilding sand berms to stop oil from reaching the shores?Will he explain why the EPA.gave the ok to use toxic dispersants right away after the leak started.?Will he explain why he's pushing the country to nuclear power without an answer of what to do with the nuclear waste created by this move?Will he explain why it took so long to get anyone in the water to start cleaning or preventing the oil from getting to the shoreline or marches.?There were people their that didn't see anyone at all for the first weeks of the leak.

    June 15, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "Obama also will talk about the importance of ending the nation's reliance on fossil fuels and call for unified support for clean energy legislation..."

    "...ending the nation's reliance on fossil fuels..."

    Yeah, cool. That ought to be done. But we all know that when Obama says things like "clean energy legislation," what he really means is raising taxes, and that's simply not acceptable.

    June 15, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. ib

    What response except to promote his gree agenda and raise taxes on the working man through his cap and scam bill. Are you sure he is not on AF1 since that's where he thinks his office is flying all over the world on a daily basis????

    June 15, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. Obozo's Recod Deficit + Higher Taxes

    Here comes the CAP + TRADE crap again.

    One disaster (oil spill) followed by another (Cap + Trade).

    June 15, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. j

    This is exactly why the government needs to act as a regulatory body... to prevent disasters like this from happening. The Bush administration and Republican policies are largely to blame for this disaster.

    June 15, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  14. they call me "tater salad"

    Dear Mr President, you can't really call them "reforms" unless they actually come with some teeth, anything else is nothing but phoney political showboating! If you want my vote again i'm afraid you're going to have to "earn" it this time around, the time for talk has long since past and the time for "real" action is now! Stop "playing" president and start "being" president, if not than you'll only have yourself to blame for being a one term pretender like Carter and Papa Bush!......Now get to work! Signed Your boss, the American people!

    June 15, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  15. Debra Scatlif

    The cause of this catastrophe, no requirement to drill relief wells simultaneously with primary wells and lack offshore drilling regulations, predates the Obama administration. It is absolutely unreasonable to hold the president responsible for BP’s mess, including BP’s initial and continued misrepresentations. The decision makers at BP must face criminal charges for this catastrophe. I have full confidence in our President to mitigate and cleanup BP’s mess and to properly regulate this money-hungry industry. The lack of foresight will not continue.

    June 15, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. the president of the Lousianna parish was right

    we are being used, I feel so dirty

    June 15, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  17. MatthewDetroit

    HERE Barack is again EXPLOITING the American People....

    June 15, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  18. JES

    I bet the people at BP are shaking in their boots right now. Mr. Obama you have them so scared I bet they can't sleep tonight or any night.

    I guess you waited what over 55 days to get tough another great job of leadership.

    June 15, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Willy Brown

    He'd be better off blaming Bush than try to vote present again.

    June 15, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |