Special Report: Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Video: Obama vows to punish oil spill culprits
|NASA MODIS satellite image, taken May 23, 2010, of the Gulf of Mexico shows the extent of the oil released from the Deepwater Horizon spill. The oil can be seen as a sheen on the water surface. (Xinhua/Reuters, File Photo)
WASHINGTON, June 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to find the votes to pass a stalled energy bill in the Senate, using the huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill to advance efforts to boost production of renewable fuels.
"The House of Representatives has already passed a comprehensive energy and climate bill, and there is currently a plan in the Senate -- a plan that was developed with ideas from Democrats and Republicans -- that would achieve the same goals. The votes may not be there right now, but I intend to find them in the coming months," Obama said at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
He said that the oil spill "may prove to be a result of human error -- or corporations taking dangerous shortcuts that compromised safety" -- but that deepwater drilling is inherently risky and the U.S. cannot rely solely on fossil fuels.
"The time has come, once and for all, for this nation to fully embrace a clean energy future."
Obama also said the country's continuing dependence on fossil fuels "will jeopardize our national security, it will smother our planet and will continue to put our economy and our environment at risk."
U.S. authorities launch criminal, civil probes into BP oil spill: attorney general
HOUSTON, June 1 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. federal authorities have opened criminal and civil investigations into the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday. Full story
Obama vows to bring justice to oil spill culprit
WASHINGTON, June 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday that if laws were broken in the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill, those responsible will be brought to justice. Full story
BP crews begin cutting pipe, moving towards next attempt to cap Gulf oil spill
HOUSTON, June 1 (Xinhua) -- British energy giant BP began its effort to remove a damaged pipe from a leaking undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico, preparing for its attempt to siphon most of the runaway oil to a ship on the surface, BP officials said Tuesday. Full story