May 3rd, 2010
12:16 PM ET
12 years ago

Oil spill could sap appetite for Obama's offshore drilling plans


The Obama administration is assisting efforts to combat the massive oil spill threatening the Gulf Coast. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

(CNN) - A month after announcing plans to expand offshore drilling, President Obama visited ground zero of the Gulf Coast oil disaster and warned that residents could be facing a "potentially unprecedented environmental disaster."

"The oil that is still leaking from the well could seriously damage the economy and the environment of our Gulf states and it could extend for a long time. It could jeopardize the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who call this place home," Obama said Sunday in Venice, Louisiana.

The president reiterated that oil company BP is responsible for the leak and will foot the cost of the cleanup. He pledged to "spare no effort to respond to this crisis for as long as it continues."

Obama's remarks were a stark contrast from his late March proposal to open swaths of U.S. coastal waters in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico to oil and natural gas drilling.

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  1. notfooledbydistractions

    Let's hope offshore drilling is canned. Ever been to a Texas beach during tar season? It isn't pretty.

    May 3, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh, and if FREE ENTERPRISE (BP) determines that the price of gas will skyrocket to $8/gal. in order for them to recoup the big bucks they will have to spend to clean up their greed, err, spill.....oh well.

    I strongly believe that this is a perfect opportunity for this administration to STAY OUT OF IT! Let's see what type of results the "little people" can get without BIG BAD GOVERNMENT stepping in to help them out.

    May 3, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Len (Colorado)


    They are trying to stop the leak, day and night. The problem its 1 mile deep. The robotic devices cannot turn it off. It is cloudy and very murky. They have a real problem and they are trying to fix it. It will take sometime, unfortunatley.
    Were are the Palin's, Limbaugh's, Hanity's and Fox News, they all agreed, "Drill Baby Drill", enough with testing, the technology is great.
    They just critize and blame President Obama.
    We as Americans must demand Alternative energy sources: Wind Farms, solar panels, battery operated cars, etc. We need to demand regulations. For those of you that donot want big government involved, you got what you wanted, regulations during the Bush/Cheney era where non-existent.

    Wake up folks or your children and grandchildren will not have to worry about a clean environment, there will not be one.

    Change is difficult but we need change. We cannot continue with failed policies of the past!

    May 3, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Funny, the American press is strangely silent about the fact that this may all be due to more fine construction work by our friends at Halliburton. Do you suppose that, now that Obama is for drilling, Dick has changed his mind and sent in his secret agents? Have a nice day!

    May 3, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. E

    Many animals,plants , and other parts of the huge ecosystem in the gulf of Mexico may have been killed by this water pollution. This a bigger disaster than the oil spill in Alaska. The president needs to step up to the plate and get focused on our planet. We even have day to spread awareness for gods sakes! In my opinion, Mr.Obama should be a more devout believer in this topic.

    May 3, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. The unsub

    howza that drill baby drilly thing workin out fer ya?

    May 3, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Dean

    Saul- Virginia May 3rd, 2010 12:41 pm ET

    THe president is not the one that holds all the tools and technology, it the oil compannies. May be the president should just dive down the ocean and shut the well off magically.
    The response to oil spills were designed by previous administrations with the influence from the oil industry to be shouldered by the oil industry. Proponents of small government got what they wanted and now are crying fowl. WHO NEEDS GOVERNMENT!
    THis just shows that government should in fact be involved and regulate these industries, because we just end up assigning blame to our government

    To Saul-Virginia. American corporations spend $1.3 TRILLION a year complying with federal regualtions. This is money not spent on producing anything. It is overhead paid for by you and it covers things as important as how big the size of holes in Swiss cheese can be. No wonder our jobs have left the country in the last 12 years. Government regulation is out of control. Oh, and just wait until Obamacare is implemented and see how much your medical insurance goes up because of regualtions. Just ask your family doctor how much HIPAA privacy laws have cost him.

    May 3, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Erik

    The shrill chant of "Drill, baby, drill!" has now become a tearful lament of "Spill, baby, spill..."

    May 3, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. MJ

    I don't understand why everyone is still calling this a "spill". A "spill" is when you have something, and then lose it - like water from a bucket, or oil from the Exxon Valdez. In this case, that's not at all what happened. What happened is that we stuck a big pipe into an undersea oil field, connecting it directly to the ocean above!

    May 3, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    Does anyone know what caused the explosion?

    May 3, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Dean

    We do need to develop alternate energy for the future. But today we send billions of dollars to our enemies who use our money against us. We need to dill for our oil, keep some of our dollars at home and produce jobs until alternate energy is here. Just wait until you see what $5 or $6 oil will do to our economy.

    May 3, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Ben

    And just how long did it take for Obama to respond to this new "crisis" (God, how they love to use that word)? How log did it take the EPA to respond? Obama talks tough, but he's just another empty Liberal suit.

    May 3, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Yes Paul let's keep building and buying vehicles that get 5 MPG that are endorsed by Republican billionaires like Arnold. If we keep spilling and drilling for offshore oil we can delay $5 per gallon for a few years – then boom right back to war for oil when it runs out again. You betcha Republicans anything to make the API oil lobbyists happy to sell-out Congress.

    May 3, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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