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Questions Obama needs to answer on spill

The president again paid tribute to his energy secretary for having a Nobel Prize in physics. Mr.

The president again paid tribute to his energy secretary for having a Nobel Prize in physics. Mr. President, that’s not really the information that the American people need right now. What most Americans want to know is whether the federal government is using all of its power in order to dragoon every resource, public and private, into cleaning up the millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Have we drafted supertankers into service to suck up the oil? Is BP doing anything to suck up the oil? If not, why not? In today’s press conference, the president was asked why he is not doing what was done for an oil spill in the Arabian Gulf back in 1993; he didn't answer the question. But why aren't the world's supertankers doing right now what was done then – sucking up the oil? Do we have an estimate of how many millions of gallons of oil now float in the Gulf? If not, why not? Is there a problem measuring the oil flow? Don’t oil companies measure the flow of oil and gas through pipelines for a living? Is the president satisfied that he now has adequate personnel regulating oil company safety? Has he ended the "cozy and corrupt" relationship that he described in today's press conference? Has he killed what he called "the scandalously close" ties between oil companies and federal regulators? Has he committed his administration to creating the capability to monitor and to enforce pipeline and drilling safety, both on land and at sea? Today's presidential news conference was a good start. It established the president as the person responsible for protecting the country from this horror. He's heading in the right direction. I still don't buy his argument that BP shares the country's concern for stopping this horror, and I won’t as long as they devote such efforts to denying the magnitude of this horror. As for Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s Nobel Prize, I'm reminded of what President Kennedy told Soviet chairman Nikita Khrushchev about his Lenin Peace Prize: "I hope you keep it."

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