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President Obama picks Florida's Bob Graham to co-chair presidential oil spill panel

President Barack Obama plans to name former Florida Sen. Bob Graham to co-chair a presidential commission to investigate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The commission is said to be similar to panels that investigated the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster and the nuclear power plant accident at Three Mile Island in 1979. The person spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a public announcement.

Graham served in the Senate from 1987 to 2005 and previously served two terms as Florida governor.

"The commission's inquiry will range from the causes of the spill to the safety of offshore oil drilling and the functioning of the Minerals Management Service, the government agency that grants drilling rights."

Enviros welcomed the news: "Bob Graham has been a longtime ally in the fight against drilling," said Mark Ferrulo, executive director of Progress Florida. "He'll make the watchdog a dog and not a puppy."

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Ken Rea

I was a tug captain during the long clean up effort of the Exxon oil spill in Valdez, AK. I saw Exxon pour millions of dollars of money into the clean up effort in many cases just throwing money away.

Even after the Alaskans lawsuit, Exxon delayed payoff for many many years and in the end made much more money by holding back then if they would have paid their settlement up front.

This current oil spill by BP has a whole different look to it. They are not even trying to organize clean up efforts choosing to accept their fate in the courts as their penalty without regard to the local environment and communities they are damaging.

BP seems to be making a purely business decision to ignore the clean up and willing to suffer the penalty of lawsuit because it is cheaper for them to do so.

Either way, it is not the oil companies who suffer, they just pass on the expense to us the consumers.

This is not acceptable.

Chris

Ken, wouldn't you love to hear their behind closed doors lame strategies? man I wish someone would bug them, because I agree.....how they are handling this does have a different feel to it and not one I'm very comfortable with. It's like they could care less. They have no fear.


"This current oil spill by BP has a whole different look to it. They are not even trying to organize clean up efforts choosing to accept their fate in the courts as their penalty without regard to the local environment and communities they are damaging.

BP seems to be making a purely business decision to ignore the clean up and willing to suffer the penalty of lawsuit because it is cheaper for them to do so."

Notquicktoapprove

Bob Graham, as governor and US senator, presided over the rapid decline of the Everglades notwithstanding government policies he supported meant to insure that didn't happen and wouldn't accelerate. This ability to govern from the center lead to a brilliant career as a politician and, in terms of the Everglades, what else? Not my champion.

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