BP Oil Spill Still Waiting for Final White House Response
Eight weeks has almost passed since the explosion on the oil rig owned by British Petroleum in the Gulf of Mexico, leading to what is being hailed as the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. In this time there have been accusations and criticisms bandied about, from the disaster response times both officially and private through to the White House response to the situation, specifically President Obama’s lack of anger over the entire mess.
President Obama is still in discussions with the relevant authorities for Energy and Climate Change to mention a few, while fine tuning his official response to the unfolding situation. The President’s fourth personal survey of the disaster response zone is happening next Monday and Tuesday when he travels out to the affected area.
He will continue to meet with concerned local residents and officials in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. In the meantime the White House will receive BP executives for a meeting on Wednesday at the administrations request. This is an about turn on an earlier stance taken to support President Obama, who chose not to communicate directly to the BP CEO Tony Hayward.
Critics to the disaster response are still calling it slow and reactive, but due to the unfolding magnitude of the disaster this really should have been foreseen and inevitable. Even though in the beginning no one could have believed that two months later they would still be living the same environmental nightmare, it has proven so.
Obama must appear tougher with BP to win back some of the American publics confidence in his crisis management abilities. So far he has managed to achieve some positive movements in this direction, like deferring its quarterly dividend to shareholders until it has ascertained its full liability from the Gulf disaster. BP according to the online edition of the Times of London has complied with this request, even though nothing official has been confirmed by BP.
Ultimately President Obama and his administration must prove decisive as well as tough in future decision making to keep the voters confidence.
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