Obama promises to work overtime to ease economic impact of oil spill

May 4, 2010

There’s not much to offer by way of comfort to coastal states threatened by the oil spill that’s spreading over the Gulf of Mexico like The Blob from horror movies past.

OIL-RIG/LEAK-BPAnd then there’s also the threat from the “Loop Current” that could carry the oil around Florida’s peninsula and north…

So there’s not much by way of  lemonade likely to come out of the lemons of this disaster, but President Barack Obama promised to work overtime to limit the economic damage to affected communities and to try and make sure that  jobs created to clean up the mess would go to local residents.

The oil spill will affect the “lives and livelihoods of people all along the Gulf Coast, from the fishing industry to the tourism industry,” Obama said in a speech to business executives.

“We are committed to preventing as much of the economic damage as possible by working to contain the impact of this potentially devastating spill,” he said.

“In addition, wherever possible, I would like to see the people most affected by the disaster employed in helping in the cleanup,” Obama said.

“And we will continue to explore every possible option to create jobs and support local economies in the Gulf while continuing to monitor any potential effects on the national economy,” he said. “But obviously this is going to be a significant challenge, and we are going to be working overtime to make sure that we mitigate its impacts.”

How would you rate the federal government’s response to the oil spill?

Photo credit: Reuters/Sean Gardner (birds fly over oil on water south of Louisiana), Reuters/Carlos Barria (pelican flies against backdrop of drilling platform near Breton Island, Louisiana)

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