June 17th, 2010
07:15 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama faces moratorium backlash


Filed under: BP
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Don of Iowa

    Only idiots and hypocrites sit back and complain because of the moratorium on drilling. If you do NOT know what happened and have NOT taken the proper steps to make sure it does NOT happen again then you surely can NOT begin drilling again in the same fashion. How many people want the banks to go back to business as usual? This is not any different except for one thing, some people are out of a job because the people they work for and support treat our environment like a cess pool, but the rest of us are supposed to say, Oh, we don't want you to lose your job, please go out and dump oil all over our beaches and destroy all of our wildlife because after all your job and taxes are much more important than ANYTHING else. Republicans, dumber than a box of rocks and twice as hypocritical as Judas!

    June 17, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. backlash

    shut your pie holes

    oh I'm sorry are we cutting into your profit

    have you not coated enough of the shoreline yet?

    Exxon has done a good job in Alaska

    BP is doing well at the Gulf coast

    are you telling me you have the audacity to compain as the oil continues to pour into one of our food sources?

    June 17, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. Ben

    Yet another failed policy from a failed administration. Using the Gulf spill as an excuse to stop drilling altogether is ludicrous. We need to drill closer to shore to avoid spills like this. Not drilling is NOT the answer. This administration clearly doesn't get it.

    June 17, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. GL

    No more drill baby drill until they can come up with a real safty plan end of story.

    June 17, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. jim

    It work in IT in America, or at least I try to. With the millions US IT jobs that were lost to India, the millions of US factory jobs lost to Mexico and China, all I can say to you folks crying about your oil jobs - get over it!!! Job loss is the American way and US companies and the wonderful US government could care less !!! - HELLO !!??!!??

    At least by stopping drilling, we might prevent more disasters. Besides, I wonder how many oil workers are actually Americans? Based on the way our wonderful country operates, I bet there aren't many.

    Prove it.

    June 17, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. Donkey Party

    A backlash for what? For getting BP to set aside 100 million dollars to cover the oil-rig workers wages during that time? The real backlash would come if there were no moratorium, and if another blow-out occurred.

    June 17, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. Chad from Tampa

    More evidence Obama is deliberately trying to take down our economy.

    June 17, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. mike

    lets see the oil companies that corrupted mineral management that
    is there to protect the american people and everybody knew it but
    didn't do anything about it now that there losing money they are
    crying the blues who knows better about what is going on in the oil
    industry then the people that work in it now is a time for an overhaul
    of the system and stop pointing fingers. but if they need to point fingers that they should point to themselves

    June 17, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. Pragmatic

    Of course! Gulf States are going to have to realize they can't have it all and certainly all at once. Until the gusher is stopped, the cause figured out and the solution to prevent another disaster in place ... no new drilling!

    When you do what you have always done, you get what you always got!

    June 17, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. maf

    Sometimes the right thing to do is the thing that has the most consequences!!! There are many parents who have no ability to discipline their children because it causes an uproar. When really, setting boundaries and guidelines on how to conduct oneself, is the best thing for all.
    Regardless of the pain this causes, President Obama is on a path so that this kind of experience NEVER happens again in the US.
    Short term pain for long term gain.

    That seems to be what this administration is all about. Short term fixes are not going to help out (insert topic here) (the economy, health care, banking reform, stimulus, etc).

    You just have to ride this out people. . .

    June 17, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. RAG

    While we are at it, why don't we compensate all of the investment bankers that put out of work when we shut down Lehman Brothers and the other banks that destroyed our economy.

    No one has a right to a job, just the right to be considered for an available job. Employment is not the goal, responsible and legal commerce resulting in employment is the goal.

    Deep water drilling is not responsible commerce. Therefore it really shouldn't be legal. The BP disaster has demonstrated that beyond the shadow of a doubt.

    I am sorry for people that will have to adjust there lives to new realities. I have had to do so many times in my careers. I didn't look for government to insure my economically and/or newly illegal job. I just moved on. These people should do the same for the sake of the country and more importantly for their own sake. The politicians should just stop trying to create a new dependent constituency through govenment largess.

    June 17, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  12. Tom C

    I understand this ladies concern, but here is the problem. When I worked at a steelmill, sometimes the workers would have to force the company to shut down a certain line because of safety. That affected our paychecks, but it was worth it to save a life our injuries. We are not on a fair playing field because these oil companies can take their rigs to countries where there are very few saftety regulations. If the BP executive really did care about the "small people" then the rigs would stay until safety has been addressed. Once again it is about the almighty dollar and nothing else.

    June 17, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. USN

    How to make a bad situation a disaster = let obama say he is commited . Are we better off now than we were 4 trillion dollars ago ? This shows what he is doing for the rest of our problems . Please go away ! We The People can handle anything better then you can

    June 17, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Keith in Austin

    Another 22000 jobless to add to Bozo's wellfare line. All for political gain and the advancement of his Cap and Trade legislation.

    June 17, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. NVa Native

    Backlash from who? The very same people who irrationally hate him no matter what he does. Screw them.

    June 17, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Steph

    It is basic common sense to want to take a break, learn how to do this safely and then resume new drilling. I'm not sure why anyone would want to continue to "stay the course" when even the CEO of Exxon Mobile admitted none of the big oil companies are not prepared to deal with spills occurring a mile down on the ocean floor.

    June 17, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. snow

    This spill in the gulf is the fault of liberals. They forced oil companies to drill well off shore in mile deep waters when there are plenty of areas to drill on land and in shallow water where the chances of a spill is slight and clean up would be a no brainer.

    June 17, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Until we stop the flow of oil into the Gulf, continuing to drill, would have to be considered extremely dangerous.

    We cannot afford another "accident" of this magnitude, there.

    June 17, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. Mark from Louisiana

    Seems ironic that while obama does his best to destroy our economy along the gulf coast he is pumping our taxpayers money into Petrobas, the Brazilian Oil Company.

    Last year they were lent two billion dollars which hasn't been paid back and he is sending them another ten billion dollars.

    Do you find it odd that two months before the first two billion was sent that George Soros invested almost a billion dollars in Petrobas. After the two million dollar loan their stock prices started to rise, Soros has probably doubled his investment.

    When George Soros bragged that he had bought the white house, he was telling the truth.

    June 17, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    This moratorium sure doesn't sound very progressive to me? How does this moratorium help the progress of Oil exploration. Oil this country desparatly needs.The only company that should be on hold is BP.

    June 17, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. GI Joe

    Boehner has major stock in BP - how many others support corporations so that their dividends will continue to go up year after year while this country is pilaged for their profits?

    June 17, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. Matthew

    You bet its going to make it worse. There is no reason to employ US workers for offsite drilling if corporations can't do it. The oil business is just like any other corporation in that they will cut the fat of people aren't needed. This is just going to make is more dependent on the countries that despise us. Its really going to hurt LA even more since these people are very well paid.

    June 17, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. Carol Johns

    Have Obama spell moratorium without his teleprompter.

    June 17, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Capt. Snarky

    Will President Obama's moratorium on deepwater drilling worsen the Gulf's economic woes?

    DUH!

    June 17, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Bob in PA

    The man is an idiot, his only focus in a time of disaster is on his "green" energy policy. He can't even admit that this disaster would have never been so severe had it not been for the liberals and environmentalists ban on drilling closer to the coast. We have had years and years of experience drilling in shallower waters with minimal events, but when pushed out to sea and something happens that can't be controlled, none of them will step up to take partial responsibility. A local DJ often states that "liberalism generates the exact opposite of its stated intent" how true.

    June 17, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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