May 30th, 2010
09:27 AM ET
13 years ago

Browner assesses scope of oil spill's environmental impact

(CNN) - The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is "probably the biggest environmental disaster we've ever faced in this country," the assistant to President Barack Obama on energy and climate change, Carol Browner, said Sunday.

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  1. GI Joe

    But But But But .........

    BP, Haliburton, Cheney, Bush NEEDED those extra billions they got by-passing extra safety procedures.

    May 30, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. ajax

    You think??what ,did a little light bulb just suddenly go off in her head.? This is the kind of person that Obama chose to help him on energy and climate change? No wonder this country is headed down the wrong path !!!

    May 30, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Larry

    It's not just his country.

    The effects of this spill are going to travel the whole ocean system. It's obvious now that nothing will stop this leak until a relief well is drilled, in August or September.

    It's interesting that BP is trying the very same techniques that were tried with no success in the 1979 gulf spill.

    Greed is running this world and it's destroying it.

    What will our children have?

    May 30, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Greg in Cabot, AR

    This disaster is going to get much worse before it starts to get better. The sad part is that there will be more spewing of hateful rhetoric from politicians than there is oil coming from the leak until it gets fixed.
    The hurricane season is just around the corner and I am not looking forward to the oil and chemical polluted rain here in Arkansas.
    The best minds are working on a "fix"....too bad they were not thinking of solutions BEFORE the well was drilled.

    May 30, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Ken in NC

    I question why people are so quick to lay blame on President Obama. These wells were permitted before he ever came into office. The "Corner Cutting" to save money was done or ordered by BP Oli and not the government. It was Oil company greed for profits that caused this horrible spill. Rules and regulations were relaxed after the oil companies lobbied for the relaxed regulations. It's not much difference between that and the financial markets lobbying for deregulations to relax finance rules to allow them to play more risky games with OUR money. In this case the Oil companies are playing risky games with OUR Oil and they lost just like the companies on Wall Street lost while playing with our money. This is all the results of greed for money and power and profits making changes to the rules. Big companies have the money to buy our legislators so they can make the changes that they want and we, the people do not have the money to buy back our legislators so the only thing to do is rely on the tech held by the oil industry to stop this leak and then we can give pink slips to our legislators and send new ones that will work for the people. I'm tired of seeing blame layed on others like Obama and Bush. These people are leaders and not experts in every field. If I was to lay blame on any one person I would lay it at the feet of the former oil company man and elected spokesman, Dick Cheney but I'm not going to do that.

    May 30, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Folks - this is only 1 of 4000 wells in the gulf. Decades of drilling.

    What were the regulations to prevent this?

    May 30, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. No wonder this country is headed down the wrong path !!!

    Ajax, he is just beginning to repair the years of serious problems caused by Bush

    Bush got out before his disasterous policies resulted in things like this BP problem

    Wall street happened right at the end of Bush's term

    we are screwed, Bush/Cheney got us where we are, no doubt

    May 30, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Florence

    What exactly do we expect the government to do about containing the spill? President Obama took responsibility but for what aspect. The gorvernment did not cause the spill BP did and we should be going after BP to stop the leak. If Jindal knows what to do maybe he should go ahead and do it and stop the politicking. This is a disaster that we will need to wait out. It seems the relief well is the only solution and in the meantime focus on cleaning up the mess.

    May 30, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |