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June 3rd, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Senator asks for bigger federal response to oil spill

(CNN) – Oil from BP's blown-out well is staining beaches all along the Gulf Coast. With the slick closing in on his state, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson wants a stronger military response to fight the spill. He joined us on Thursday's American Morning to talk about why the U.S. needs more help to prevent oil from hitting the shores.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Politics
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  1. Leroy Gordon

    How much of the oil that BP claims to have captured from the containment cap they just placed over the leak is actually sea-water and NOT oil being removed from the leaking well. If there is a suction device in place how can it not draw in seawater as it sucks in oil? I believe that in their estimate of what they claim as thousands of barrels of oil they have captured thus far they have included a great deal of sea water. If they are capturing just the oil, then will it be able to be sent to refineries for conversion into the various by-products we get from oil?


    June 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  2. ronvan

    I guess that I really don't know anything! Why is it that the "leaders" of the states affected have to wait for federal approval to involve the military? I thought that the Governors of each state had the authority to call out the National Guard? If you wait for the "green light" from the federal govt., because you are really asking for the $$$ to do so, then you have already lost! Our Govt. should be responsible for making sure BP comes up with the $$$ needed, for as long as it takes, get to the right places & people, and MAKE SURE there is no red tape or delays in providing the $$$.

    June 4, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  3. BlueCollarBlueDog

    I suppose "emotion" is determined by how much you love what is endangered. I've seen sunrise in a marsh and from a barrier
    island, when a flock of pelicans flew out to fish.

    Can city people learn that enviromentalism is not some money-making carbon trading market in Chicago?

    Nobel Laureates will not solve this crisis, it will be roughnecks,
    drillers and yes bulldozer operators that build sand burms. Until
    you have a realistic idea of how to stop the seabed flow, you
    must do what you can to protect spawning grounds...or you
    can try to look intelligent and cool...while appearing clueless.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  4. waltbrinkman

    the fed gov runs blockades, so blockade the direction of the oil slick flow! the governors need to use their boat resources to establish as many oil booms as possible!
    they need to take action instead of blaming!

    June 4, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  5. Bruce Sharratt

    I was wondering why throughout all the commentary it has not been brought up that essentially your suppose to drill the relief well first so that in case of an accident you can shut off the flow. I may be wrong but don't other offshore drilling sites such as Hibernia or the North Sea do this and are regulated to do so? Which administration deregulated the industry so as to allow BP to drill directly without first drilling a relief well first? What's done is done but if there is to be a blame game should we not look at this as being the first step that created this disaster?

    June 4, 2010 at 6:15 am |
  6. Joseph Daniel Brian Lawlor

    As the oil gets closer to Floridia the Florida Senator is asking for more federal response in the form of the Military. Now if he asked for that at the onset when it was close to the other three states that response may have been in place by now Senator.
    A sad state of affairs when those in administarion cannot handle the affairs of state.

    June 4, 2010 at 4:11 am |
  7. gary gustavino

    i hope that someone is telling presadent to check the 591 other deep well this is only one image if a nother one lets go

    June 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  8. uri kollnesher

    I ask myself why does BP not try to insert a balloon into the gusher of oil and inflate it. something like neoplastic procedure. It is easier to stop the gusher using its own pressure than to try and cap it.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  9. Joan Fox

    "from the redwood forests, to the oil-slick waters, this land was destroyed by BP"

    June 3, 2010 at 11:52 am |