(CNN) – Officials in Louisiana are doing what they can, as fast as they can, to stop the oil from spreading into more of the state's critical wetlands. Our Kiran Chetry took a helicopter tour of some of the hardest hit areas with Gov. Bobby Jindal. He told her that right now he's not interested in whose fault the spill is, he just wants to stop the gushing oil before things get a lot worse.
By Bob Ruff and Carol Costello, CNN
(CNN) – Disaster doesn't begin to describe what is happening now in the Gulf of Mexico. Despite BP's efforts to "fix what's wrong," in many people's minds it remains "a villain."
So does the oil industry as a whole. No one knows that more than J. Bennett Johnston, a former senator from Louisiana turned oil lobbyist for Steptoe & Johnson.
For 24 years, Johnston served in the Senate and much of that time sat as the chairman and ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. When it comes to the power to make and break oil and natural gas policy making, it doesn't get much bigger than that.
Now that he's lobbying for an industry reeling from a the largest oil spill in American history, our Carol Costello asked Johnston, only partially tongue-in-cheek, if he now has the toughest job in the United States right now.
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Obama to visit Gulf, vows action on oil spill
(CNN) – President Obama is scheduled to visit Louisiana on Friday for the second time since an oil rig explosion sent a historic amount of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.
Obama's visit comes as his administration has been criticized for its response to the massive underwater gusher that is now estimated to be twice the size of the Exxon Valdez disaster.
"I take responsibility. It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down," Obama said Thursday at a White House news conference. "That doesn't mean it's going to be easy. That doesn't mean it's going to happen right away or the way I'd like it to happen. That doesn't mean we aren't going to make mistakes."
The president even said his 11-year-old daughter, Malia, weighed in on the issue on Thursday.
"You know, when I woke up this morning and I'm shaving, and Malia knocks on my bathroom door and she peeks in her head and she says, 'Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?'" he said. Read more
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