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Obama's Oil Spill Speech Gets Lukewarm Reception

June 17, 2010 by  

Obama's oil spill speech gets lukewarm reception On the night of June 15, President Obama delivered his first speech to the nation from the Oval Office, addressing the Gulf oil spill disaster. However, the speech garnered a fair amount of criticism.

The president vowed to "make BP pay" for the damage the catastrophe is causing. He also used the opportunity to call again for switching to clean and renewable energy sources, and for a new energy policy for America.

"The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now," Obama said, adding that "now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America’s innovation and seize control of our own destiny."

His comments were endorsed by Alliance for Climate Protection founder and chairman Al Gore who said that this was the time for the Senate to act.

However, the speech was blasted by some Republicans such as former presidential candidate Gary Bauer who said that Obama’s remarks ignored America’s energy needs.

"To pretend that wind or solar energy can replace oil is to ignore the millions of dollars and many years of research that have proven that these two sources of energy are likely to provide an insignificant percentage of our overall energy needs for decades to come," he stated.

Some commentators have also accused Obama of providing few details on how he plans to stop the ongoing leak. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19842084-ADNFCR

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  • TIME

    Is it not strange that the Microbes that eat oil have not been used, as they cost less than whats being used, and really works, and is safe, as in no after effects and has been used before in the Gulf of Mexico three times now starting with the 1989 oil spill.

    So whats the hold up with our little pant load barryO can anyone with a straight face tell me that he can’t figure this very simple and easy soliution out?

    Keep in mind I have said it many times now; “There is no such thing as an accident.”
    Now add the fact that the most effective method of clean up has not been employed, barryo waited 14 days before he went to NO. And he is all over the board on the issue.

    ** Now if you have a single brain cell that pops whats all this tell you?
    Keep in mind this is not a Democrat nor Republican thing, this is a commen sence thing.

    • libertytrain

      Time, I couldn’t agree with you more.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      By all I have seen the microbes are not selective enough to use. they could cause more trouble than cure the problem.

      • TIME

        Hi Joe,
        I spoke with some really well known scientist about these Microbes, they all agree that there would be {ZERO negative} effects on the costal areas.
        And that the three times that these have been used in the Gulf there have been ZERO side effects, These Microbes eat the oil and when the oil is gone they die off and leave no trace of themselfs, even in the fish and birds. Thus they are 100% safe for use. Thats why I posted such info.

        To understand politicians one must keep in mind that the KIS method is never used.
        Its far better to twist and distort issues to gain traction, in plain words if the fix is too easy these politicians don’t look quite so good to the voters.
        And where’s all the TAX MONEY going to come from if its too easy, and CHEEP?

  • JeffH

    Nothing came of this except his need for Cap & Tax…even his staunchest supporters are openly critisizing Obama and some are saying that quite possibly he has stooped to a new low, beneath Jimmy Carter…This may have been the worst Oval Office speech in American history…substanceless as usual.

    • TIME


      I have a strong feeling that this event will lead to Marshal law as that was the tone of barryo’s speach, that he will force cap and trade under what ever name they come up with.
      Please also keep in mind that its highly possible that a vote on Friday June 18th 2010 will be taken in Congress to allow barryO to shut down the internet at his discretion due to this Emergency.

      I have also been told by a strong information source that the day after barryo shut down all off shore drilling – that the rigs all have been leased to Brazil.
      And get this barryo is sending our tax dollas to Brazil to pay for the rigs! I have gotten two amounts thus far, one is noted as $10 billion dollars, this source is not always right so I can’t say thats the right number, the other source stated $5.5 Billion dollars, and they are on target 99.9999% of the time.

      Now Please also keep in mind that this will effect well over 150 thousand people here in the United States as far as their jobs go.
      As in they will loose their jobs.

      Also strangly enough also George Sorass has set up a drilling / OIL exploration co in Brazil.
      Now is this all just a qu-winkie dink? I bet $100K its not!
      Oh and the info in this statment is 100% striaght from the best source, as in has never been wrong!

      • JeffH

        TIME, I hear you loud and clear. Soros has hundreds of millions invested in Brazil and it’s my understanding that Obama approved about $2 billion for Brazilian offshore drilling interests.

        Obama Underwrites Offshore Drilling
        The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan
        The U.S. Export-Import Bank tells us it has issued a “preliminary commitment” letter to Petrobras in the amount of $2 billion and has discussed with Brazil the possibility of increasing that amount. Ex-Im Bank says it has not decided whether the money will come in the form of a direct loan or loan guarantees. Either way, this corporate foreign aid may strike some readers as odd, given that the U.S. Treasury seems desperate for cash and Petrobras is one of the largest corporations in the Americas.

        Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) — Billionaire investor George Soros bought an $811 million stake in Petroleo Brasileiro SA in the second quarter, making the Brazilian state-controlled oil company his investment fund’s largest holding.

        As of June 30, the stake in Petrobras, as the Rio de Janeiro-based oil producer is known, made up 22 percent of the $3.68 billion of stocks and American depositary receipts held by Soros Fund Management LLC, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

      • JeffH

        U.S. Ready to Finance Oil Drilling in Brazil
        EFE News Services 8/5/2009

        The U.S. government is prepared to provide up to $10 billion in loans to finance the development of massive hydrocarbon reserves off Brazil’s coast, a Brazilian official said Wednesday.

        President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Gen. James Jones, discussed the matter with officials this week during a visit to the South American country, Brazilian Planning Minister Paulo Bernardo da Silva told reporters.

        He said the U.S. Export-Import Bank already has signed a letter of intent in that regard with Brazilian state oil company Petrobras.

  • June Gagnon

    And, wouldn’t you know, the Obama/Emanuel mantra-”never let a good crisis go to waste”, is now in full “political” play! Fine, develop some green energy; in the meantime, let America access the natural energy resources we have (more than any other nation, on earth; enough to last for many decades)! Instead, this little despot wants to shove “cap and tax” down our throats, the same way he did with “obamacare”! That would only add insult to injury – -can you even begin to imagine what $6 a gallon gas would do to this country and our economy?? Remember what $4 gas did?? And a 6-month moratorium on Gulf oil drilling is going to decimate people and businesses, of the Gulf region, even more! Obama’s solution to everything seems to be “shut it down and tax it more”!! It’s way past time for him to leave!!

  • Claire

    I figured it would “backfire.” That is why I only watched about 5 minutes and then I was done with it.

  • Claire

    This rig was built in 2001. Nine years old. And I bet they didn’t do the proper maintenance. None of them did their job correctly. Seems like I heard that BP was fined numerous times? Anyone know about this?

    • http://?? Joe H.

      If what the congressmen and women were correct in their statements, BP has the worst record of all the oil drilling companies! According to them, the proper cement was not used, they were told to use 26 centers and only used 6 and all kinds of other safety procedures were bypassed!

      • Claire

        Joe H–Thank you for your reply. I truly appreciate it. Bob (my husband) was telling me all this stuff last night. Bob said something about 750 fines? I’ll have to ask him again, I don’t want to be wrong on the number of fines. I thought oh no, should I say anything? I am glad I did, especially since you answered. Bob said BP has been negligent. He thinks they should pay out the nose. I have always believed BP was at fault. Obama was just as bad, too slow on the trigger, and I will never forgive him for that, as childish as this sounds. I’ll say it again, Obama should have been there and done something on day one. He is still fooling around. I could slap his face. How dare BP do this to the gulf states, to the ocean? How dare Obama give a speech that says almost nothing. At least this is what I heard from family and friends. Bob wouldn’t even watch it so I know he is honked off big time. I guess I should have watched the whole speech but after 5 minutes I couldn’t watch anymore.

        • JeffH

          Claire, gross negligence is not forgivable and you’re not childish at all for speaking your mind. I hold Obama and BP accountable for letting this situation get so far out of hand.
          I know wonder if BP will be involved down in Brazil? Wouldn’t that be ironic? Obama, Soros and BP in bed together again in Brazil…?

          • Claire

            JeffH–It disgusts me that all of them are in bed together. The oil companies contributed to politicians and this is why we are in this mess. You are right, it is unforgivable.

  • salllietoo

    The Obama motto, “never let a good crisis go to waste” is what’s going on in the Gulf of Mexico. The #1 question should be, was the greatest oil catastrophe in the world really an accident or was it an act of domestic terrorism perpetrated by our own pro Socialist Marxist government in the White House and Congress – the Democrat Socialists of America(DSA)to promote & pass their Socialist agenda – Cap & Trade Tax? Remember when we were paying close to $5.00 per gal and Americans were shouting “Drill Baby Drill”? Pelosi & DSA controlled Congress buckled under the pressure to remove the ban on off shore drilling when Bush did and what did Pelosi do next? She did what she was been doing since Obama took office, she slipped in her extreme left conditions to lift the ban only for off shore drilling hundreds of miles off shore – thus deep, more dangerous drilling and this is the results. WHAT ABOUT SAFER ON SHORE DRILLING? WHY IS ON SHORE DRILLING NEVER MENTIONED? Not only did Obama/Pelosi’s DSA Congress set this scenario up they are taking advantage of it as the Gulf way of life is destroyed, millions more jobs lost and one of the few non Middle Eastern Oil Corporations – British owned BP, for which Obama has NOT shown a strong liking for our British ally from the beginning. In their sick, twisted, Socialist/Progressive, unAmerican minds this is the vehicle they will use to crush drilling altogether, further cripple our economy & further burden American families by passing Obama’s other goal of federal government control of the entire energy industry, just like federal government control of the entire health industry – Obamacare. It’s so obvious & they think we are too stupid to stop it. But they forget the genes, ancestry and heritage Americans are made of – they can take it out of our public schools and text books but our Forefathers are alive in us and we will forever fight to preserve our Constitution and the United States of America. THIS 4TH OF JULY REMEMBER WHO WE ARE & WHAT IT TOOK TO FORM THIS GREAT FREE NATION AND DON’T LET ANYONE RESTRUCTURE IT INTO A SOCIALIST NATION.

    • Claire

      salietoo–While I agree with much that you say I believe all administrations had a hand in this ugly mess in one way or another.

    • csrdrunner

      Fantastic, so true, could not agree more, I do believe it WAS NOT an accident.

      Hope it is OK, I will have this on the Home Page of my site tomorrow, if you do not want that please let me know and I will remove it.
      A Patriot

    • csrdrunner

      Fantastic, so true, could not agree more, I do believe it WAS NOT an accident, why did he send in SWAT?

      Hope it is OK, I will have this on the Home Page of my site tomorrow, if you do not want that please let me know and I will remove it.
      A Patriot

  • DaveH

    Obama lends gives a $2 billion loan guarantee to George Soros for his investment in Brazilian Petrobras. Are they going to be deep-sea drilling with our money?.
    Obama puts a moratorium on deep-sea drilling.
    As many as 50,000 jobs could be lost.
    Now Obama wants to have another stimulus package.

    Is it just me, or do you agree that the only sense to be made of this is that he is purposely trying to bring down our country?

    • JeffH

      I can’t believe any other reason than to bring America to it’s knees.
      Drill baby drill in deep water off of the Brazilian coastline in the Atlantic. Is this guy Obama a piece of work or what?

      • http://?? Joe H.

        this doesn’t make sense at all, other than Odummer is trying to ruin this nation. I mean we are broke and heavily in debt and he’s guaranteeing loans for other countries?!?!? Does this make sense to anybody???

        • JeffH

          JoeH, we need to keep pushing to get him out of office, never let up until he and his ilk are a distant memory.

          • Claire

            Jeff H–Sure he needs to be replaced, but with what? It appears America is on a slippery slope, and because of this, future administrations may very well be part of the same agenda. I don’t know who is strong enough and capable enough to get us out of this mess. Even if we are fortunate enough to elect an honest person for POTUS, what about the other people that will get elected? Look at what happened to JFK-he was trying to do something about the Federal Reserve. In a lot of what I have read, it appears the NWO is promoted by both parties. I think we can talk till we are blue in the face, but incoming politicians will be just that–politicians.

          • JeffH

            Claire, so true but what choices do we have? It’s up to us, the people, to force this change in our government. Most all of us realize the two party system is broken and and full of viruses.
            It won’t be easy and it won’t be pretty but we can through hard work and intelligent background research start delivering the good to replace the evil.
            The only alternative is to cave in and cower like a submissive animal. That’s not an option for me and I don’t think that’s an option for you either, so we must put up a heroic fight and start winning the battle…I do think we are making a difference already…allbeit a little difference.

          • Claire

            JeffH—I have searched and tried to find out all that I can about the politicians that are running for office in 2010 and in 2012. All of them are carrying some kind of garbage, it all depends on what cable TV channel a person watches, what newspapers, what sites on the Internet, what talk show host a person listens to and on and on. If a person is “left” they go to left-wing sources, if a person is “right” they go to right-wing sources. In other words, I think a person hears what they want to hear regarding the party they favor. I began “listening” to all of them, and I am making up my own mind as to who I want to vote for. I will not rely on the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, Matthews, or Olberman. They are paid entertainers feeding off the chaos America is in. Heck, I have heard Limbaugh bragging about how much money he has. These are not sincere people. To me, they are almost like some of the radical evangelists. They stoke the fires of dissent literally, and this is what they want. At this point in time, I have not found a candidate that I believe is honest, especially since they “change” the minute they are elected.

          • Claire

            JeffH–You and I will never “cave in.” Never.

  • Jeep

    Just throwing it out there, but who really thinks a $20 bil slush fund…er, I mean escrow account from BP…will be used to pay to some of the gulf fishermen, oil workers, etc. I would be willing to bet some of that goes to pay the loan guarantees made to ‘ole George to drill in South America. In the famous words of the wicked witch of the east, “What a world, what a world, how could I be beaten by such a little girl!”

    • http://?? Joe H.

      There was a restaurant owner that has already lost 20,000 dollars and according to what was on the news, BP gave him 5000 dollars in settlement. I hope he didn’t cash the check!!!Drill baby drill??? how bout’ sue baby sue!!!

  • jopa

    Joe: In todays world “sue baby sue” only works for the lawyers.Any clas action lawsuit lets say they settle for $8billion.The lawyers just say what a coincidence thats exactly what it cost us to fight this case and take it all.Or if an agreement is reached it will be before the Supreme Court 20 years later after most eligible recipients passed away and the award cut down to a mere fraction of what is justifiable.

  • angel-wanna-be

    Obama’s about 50 some days late to caring about the oil spill. And he could care even less about Governor Bobby Jindals heroic attempts to thwart the oil coming on shore. Obama’s gonna treat Jindal * the oil spill, with the same contempt as he treats Jan Brewer’s atempts at staving off illegal immigration in Arinzona___REASON???__CAN ANYONE SAY THEY’RE BOTH REPUBLICANS???__If you can’t see this your blind!

  • s c

    Obummer’s antics in the oil spill debacle prove that he’s so far over his empty head that his main goal in life is to be the most ‘popular’ pimp on the block. He’ll go to bed with anyone who might make him look good.
    If it helps create slush funds to elect his fellow pimps at ACORN and the various unions, we’re supposed to look the other way. Those who still cling to the belief that Obummer will save us from ourselves will NEVER accept the FACT that Obummer can’t save himself, let alone a nation.
    Resign, Mr. Prez. Your galloping progressive paranoia may make you the toast of the Haavid faculty lounge, but in the real world you’re just another loser who fears reality and sees pimped-out politics as a high art form.


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