Alex Sink calls on President Obama to have federal government take over oil spill response


Meanwhile conservatives who called the spill "Obama's Katrina" have been pasting the URL's of video links of liberals such as James Carville on CNN and Chris Matthews on The Tonight Show expressing frustration with the Obama administration in dealing with the spill, or, as critics contend, not dealing with it, and instead allowing BP to call the shots in what they say demonstrates a supreme lack of urgency on the corporation's part.


On the New York Times website today, blogger Andrew Revkin says if the "top kill" fails, the Obama administration has no choice but to intervene:


And the time is nigh to do so, given that BP has demonstrated, through delays in the release of information and repeated statements downplaying the gravity of the situation, that it cannot be trusted to carry out operations with the public interest at the fore. To my mind, if the “ top kill” procedure being prepared for midweek fails, Obama must step forward far more forcefully and publicly engage an oil-well SWAT team drawing on the country’s leading lights in hydraulics, deep-ocean engineering and geology, from the Pentagon outward.


Some in the progressive media are also writing that they don't think Obama gets it.  Mother Jones scribe Kate Sheppard wrote on Monday of her disappointment in the President's Saturday morning radio address that he still isn't talking about the spill being the catalyst in changing the country's energy consumption habits, or pushing for the Senate version of an energy/climate change bill:


It's about time Obama showed some actual anger about the spill and put some thrust behind calls to improve regulation and enforcement in offshore drilling. But Obama yet again missed an opportunity to talk about how the spill illustrates the need to end reliance on fossil fuels. Instead, he gave passing acknowledgment to clean energy, while maintaining that we need to drill for oil here in the US:





(UPDATE - read below) As oil continues to gush out of the well from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon incident at a level that nobody truly knows, Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today called on the Obama administration to in effect, nationalize BP to allow for the government to take over the response in trying to seal the link (UPDATE: Alex Sink campaign spokesperson Kyra Jennings objects to our description that the CFO wants to "nationalize" anything.  She says "she wants the federal govt to act as a better liaison between BP and Floridians").

Sink's call comes as the oil giant said it would be two more days before they attempt their latest gambit to stop the leak, a so-called "top kill" in which heavy drilling mud is pumped into the well, folllowed by cement, to overcome the pressure of the rising oil.

In her letter to the President, Sink asks - where in the heck is the government on this crisis?

"Floridians want to know: Where is the Federal government’s leadership?  For the past month, Gulf coast residents have been waiting for BP as they attempt different strategies to stop the leak. I ask you, for the good of the entire region, to take over the process to stop the leak.  Within the Federal government alone there are multiple resources that could help develop solutions.  Please bring together the best and brightest in the industry both in our country and around the world, including those who have deepwater drilling expertise in Norway and Australia."

Sink is also calling for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano, and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to attend Tuesday morning's Florida Cabinet officers meeting in Tallahassee.  Sink admits it's short notice, so she would be "happy" to request a separate date soon to welcome those federal officials.

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