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Claims in US Congress that BP took shortcuts

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15-06-2010 08:16 AM

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15-06-2010 08:16 AM

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15-06-2010 08:51 AM

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2010-06-15 08:16:13

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EASTLEY, Tony

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OBAMA, Barack

LANDERS, Kim

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The US President Barack Obama has begun to refer to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as the equivalent
of an environmental September the 11th. It appears he plans to use the BP oil spill as a lever to
urge Congress to pass new energy legislation. Meanwhile a Congressional investigation has found
that BP took risky shortcuts in drilling the oil well.

TONY EASTLEY: The US President, Barack Obama, has begun to refer to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as
the equivalent of an environmental September the 11th.

The President is making his fourth visit to the affected Gulf coast and it appears he plans to use
the BP oil spill as a lever to urge Congress to pass new energy legislation.

Meanwhile a Congressional investigation has found that BP took risky shortcuts in drilling the oil
well.

Here's Washington correspondent Kim Landers.

KIM LANDERS: The white sandy beaches of Mississippi are mostly empty but today the President,
Barack Obama, was there, on a pier, buying a lemon-lime snow cone.

BARACK OBAMA: No, no, no, come on, I gotta pay. Let me contribute a little bit to the local
economy.

KIM LANDERS: This is the President's first trip to the Gulf States of Mississippi, Alabama and
Florida since the oil spill began.

FEMALE VOICE: Thank you so much we're so appreciative...

BARACK OBAMA: Well OK....

FEMALE VOICE: Thank you so much..

KIM LANDERS: He's eaten crab cakes, and prawns and tried to encourage tourists to visit the beaches
where the oil hasn't yet reached.

BARACK OBAMA: If people want to know 'what can they do to help folks down here?' Well one of the
best ways to help is to come down here and enjoy the outstanding hospitality.

KIM LANDERS: President Obama is now referring to the BP oil spill as an environmental version of
September the 11th. In an interview with an online news organisation he says just as US foreign
policy was shaped by September the 11th, this disaster will shape how Americans will think about
the environment and energy for years to come.

It's why he's hinting that he'll use his first Oval Office address to the nation tomorrow to not
only talk about the oil spill but the need for energy and climate legislation.

But Michael Levy, who's a senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign
Relations, doesn't think the September the 11th comparison is apt.

MICHEAL LEVY: At the first it's clearly that this isn't as central to the way that Americans are
thinking as terrorism was after 9-11. At the second, President Bush has nearly 90 per cent approval
ratings in the immediate aftermath of 9-11 which meant that he could have done, essentially,
anything.

The President currently has less than 50 per cent approval rating, so the political circumstance is
extremely different. I wouldn't put my money on a energy and climate bill, including a price on
carbon, passing this year but I wouldn't completely write it off.

KIM LANDERS: The US House of Representatives passed an energy and climate bill a year ago but is
still waiting for the Senate to act. Democratic congressman, Ed Markey, says the oil spill is a
warning.

ED MARKEY: Half of our balance of payments it goes to just purchasing oil. Our national security is
jeopardised because of where we have to go to get this oil in the Middle East.

KIM LANDERS: Meanwhile new evidence has emerged that BP may have taken dangerous shortcuts in the
days and hours before the deadly blast that led to the oil spill.

An investigation by a Congressional Committee has found an email from a BP drilling engineer in
which he described the drilling operation as a quote, 'nightmare well' and said decisions that had
been made had, quote, 'increased the danger of a catastrophic well failure.'

This is Kim Landers in Washington for AM.