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June 17th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Obama facing backlash for oil moratorium

(CNN) – The president's six month moratorium on deep water drilling has some Gulf Coast residents concerned. Plenty of business owners along the shore, and politicians in Washington, say the longer the oil rigs are shut down, the more families depending on the industry for a paycheck will suffer. Our Chris Lawrence breaks down the debate.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Al

    Yes the moratorium should be on. If there was found a design fault fo in a 747 and the entire fleet of 747s is not shut down what would be the attitude of the people then. When something like this happens of course you take the culprits out of action. It is done the same way with the afgan. war. You take out all of them not just binladen.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  2. Karylnn

    BP should fry for this. If an oil spill of this magnitude were to occur on Englands shores and we simply stammered and hid our proverbials heads up our arse they would rioting in the streets of England. This oil spill will be affecting our shores, our enviorment for decades. The loss and/or poison of the marine life and eco system is devastating and no one seems to be talking about this. Where the hell our the USA's balls? Is our government emasuclated? BP is laughing it up, they have billions, they will continue to make billions, a oil spill on foreign soil with no accountability to speak of – why should they care? No one should be drilling and all oil rigs should be mandated to show proof of how they would prevent such a diaster. Just another big money = vs the little people, BP was willing to roll the dice on lives and the death of natural habitats, marine life and the economic diaster of the entire gulf area. Stuff the BP execs bodies down that oil spill, let them drink that water, swim in that water, eat the poisned fish or dead fish from that water...............if it was in their back yard what do you think would be happening???????????

    June 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  3. ronvan

    Darned of you do, and darned if you don't: Right now we have a complete disaster with no end in sight. Can ANYONE guarentee that other oil rigs are "up to all safety requirements"? Do we really want to gamble that other rigs could wind up the same as BP's?

    June 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  4. rik warren

    Joe Barton, How did such an OIL Pawn get into this hearing. For any member of congress to cry foul regarding accepting money for favor is beyond hypocrisy.

    Is he under oath? Tea Party, please note this guy. He would sell your grandchildren s heritage as sure and any other member of this rat pack.

    Remember JOE BARTON

    June 17, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  5. rik warren

    Americans live in a state of denial. Never will they examine their own behavior as to how it might have exacerbated the problems they face.

    Conservation: blasphemy
    Increased efficiency: What are you, a socialist?
    Green Energy: What about my job as a rough neck?
    Reduced subsidies to big oil: You, Job Killer

    Mix and match the Q and A above and add your own, If you have the honesty to do so.

    There is plenty of blame to go around. But to single out others without looking at our own behavior is dishonest, but oh so American

    June 17, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  6. TimeYouSpeakUp

    You cannot blame the President. In reality, he is reacting because of the actions of BP Oil. If the oil companies where doing their jobs this would not have happened on such a grand disastrous scale. I would also think, if possible, it would be a great time to get a plan in place to transform some, if not all, of the companies affected by the moratorium, into “Green” companies. It just might prove to be a bigger moneymaker and asset for everyone in the long run. The money could come from all the oil companies in violation to help with the transformation.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:48 am |