May 27th, 2010
05:18 PM ET
13 years ago

Louisiana Dem gets emotional over oil spill's impact

Washington (CNN) - Louisiana Democrat Charlie Melancon lost his composure Thursday during a Capitol Hill hearing about the Gulf oil spill.

"Our culture is threatened. Our coastal economy is threatened. And everything that I know and love is at risk," Melancon, who represents many of the affected Louisiana shoreline areas, told his Capitol Hill colleagues.

Unable to finish reading his prepared statement, Melancon submitted it for the congressional record and then walked out of the hearing room as other lawmakers sought to comfort him.

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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Melancon, if you can do better than what is being done with this issue–DO IT!

    May 27, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Nando

    And that is doing what you had 20 Years to do something about this Pandora's Box !!!!

    May 27, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Phil

    Theres nothing wrong for being emotional about this. I support Rep Melancon – he has every right to feel that wasy. BP has a lot of paying back to do to a LOT of people. Wouldn't be surprised that BP goes bankrupt over it – nor would I have any empathy or symapthy if they do.

    May 27, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Mikey

    Yes, this whole mess is heartwrenching. Hopefully, we get lucky and top kill works. More resources must be brought to bear to prevent more intrusion into wetland areas. This is where the Administration can really make an impact and where they have dropped the ball to some extent thus far.

    May 27, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Rickster

    The worst environmental disaster in American history. Heckuva job, Barry!

    May 27, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Agnes

    "... these are America's wetlands."
    I cry, I cry with you, I cry for America, I cry for what will be, I cry for the people, land, and animals whose life and livelihood will never be the same again. At what price is too great a price? Is not the death of humans, animals, and lands enough? It is madness to continue playing with fire after getting burned and yet the oil industry does exactly that to the detriment of all. No more drilling, no more drilling, no more drilling!

    May 27, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Jennifer Dooley

    I cried watching this...All of us that live and LOve Louisiana are coming to tears.Residents here, we LOVE this Region and it;s centuries old Heritage, this is so hard way harder than Katrina... The Press conference today from President Obama left us Stunned...

    May 27, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. valwayne

    The good Congressman should go cry at the White House!!!!!

    May 27, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Fll

    Why the liberals are to blame for this entire mess. 1. because of the liberals the oil rig had to be placed in much deeper water than needed. Making it near impossible to deal with catastrophe. 2. Spent Too much time pointing fingers at the oil industry when they should have organized teams to deal with the clean up. 3. Should have told the EPA to shut up and get out of the way of the clean up. Absolutely ridiculous that the President allowed the EPA to stop the efforts to; burn off the oil, use dispersing agents on the oil, and to control the oil with artificial sand bars and barriers. What a total joke we have as president.

    May 27, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. S Callahan

    I'm crying with you....think of the ammount of people/families affected by this, the enviroment (sea, land, animal, even air)'s a mess. Man just can't get it right.....
    I'm praying for a God intervention...are you?

    May 27, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Wisconsinite - Conservatives want to take their country back. Progressives want to move their country forward.

    Yeah. Stop crying and start REGULATING!

    May 27, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    BP had a massive explosion here in Houston that killed a large number of people this oil spill that caused the death of 11 good men and the potential ruining of a large portion of the Gulf coast. But you have someone like Rand Paul saying Obama is being TOO HARD on them?? And you still have some on the right wanting to "drill baby drill"!! I think if I lived near this area I would be crying too, but I think the blame goes on BP and BP alone. Not too sure what Obama could have done to prevent this but one thing I am sure about is if he had jumped on this sooner, then the cry from the right would have been about more spending when it should be BP cleaning up this mess and not the federal goverment. So as usual with this president it's a no win situation.

    May 27, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Ken in NC

    I vowed to make an effort not to ever again purchase any EXXON products after the Alaska spill and to this date I have not to my knowledge made any purchases of EXXON products. Today I have added BP Oil to that list. I know we will always have some need for oil and it's by products but EXXON and BP Oil are making it a lot easier not to buy their products.

    I know we need to dril for oil but it must be done in a safe manner. The loss of the 11 on the rig and the 15 in Texas are not acceptable losses.

    May 27, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This was an accident people not unless you have proof of some kind of conspiracy. It was an accident that resulted in 11 people losing their lives, the oil can be cleaned up but 11 families have lost their loved ones.

    May 27, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Rob

    If only Reagan could witness the BP spill & see the GOP demand that Obama say 'I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help.

    May 27, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Yeah don't cry me a river. Everyone knew the risks but it was all about making $$$. Gee we only had 2 oil biz CEO's as the President and VP, not to mention Rice on the board of Chevron.

    May 27, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. Aaron

    BP will have to give out bigger bonuses than usual to elected reps this year to calm them some.

    May 27, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Tony

    ..."detriment of us all", Agnes? Really?

    Have you given up driving, and other petroleum consuming activities? I'll bet that there are plenty of people who depend on their cars to get them to work, or on oil to heat their homes in the winter...Maybe you're one of them?

    Do you really think that oil companies are doing a disservice? Sound a little hypocritical to me...

    May 27, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. harold

    The Republicans have suggested that the USA govenrment be downsized and made smaller... Could it solve the Oil spill probably?.. Also hepublicans want to cut Government spending .... in all areas..... I guess? ......Haven't got any detail yet to report...on what areas of spending to cut.... Anyone know the answer?

    May 27, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. dax

    This will be the worst natural desaster in history and sorry two talking lasse faire conservatives, who wanted less Federal intervention in everything, now say the Government can't do enough. Just Sad.

    You can't have your cake and eat it too!

    May 27, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. gg

    it was only a matter of time before there would be a disaster this state okayed the drill baby drill, mob

    May 27, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. Jesse

    Just like Republicans to be blaming Obama rather than the oil companies that caused this!! Republicans would never blame Big Oil, their best supporter!

    Get real people! The government doesn't have the capabilities to solve every technological crisis!

    May 27, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Rep. Melencon and his state are victims of the reckless "Drill Baby Drill" politics of the 14 years of republican control of Washington and their romance with the major oil companies.

    May 27, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    How's that drill baby drill thingy working for all you corporate shills that want MORE wells?

    Bush/Cheney had no regulations on ANYTHING. What is next???

    May 27, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  25. Gary Utah

    My heart breaks for all affected, including wildlife and ecosystems..

    May 27, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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