Lincoln response to Obama

Lincoln Reaction to President Obama’s Address to the Nation on Gulf Oil Spill

Washington – Following President Obama’s Oval Office address tonight on the ongoing Gulf oil spill, U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) said BP must be held accountable and called for action on energy reform that will allow Arkansas to play a significant role in the transition to a new energy economy.

“The ongoing oil spill is likely the most significant environmental disaster we will see in our lifetime, and it is taking a dramatic emotional and economic toll on the people of the Gulf region,” Lincoln said.

“It is clear that BP did not have the appropriate contingency plans in place to respond to a catastrophic event of this magnitude. The American people deserve answers as to how and why this disaster took place, and Congress should insist on the necessary reforms to ensure that a catastrophe like this one can never happen again.

“BP must be held responsible for this disaster, not American taxpayers. As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I will continue to use my oversight role to ensure that BP is taking all appropriate steps to clean up this mess and compensate the individuals and families who are suffering as a result of the oil spill.

“In the coming weeks, the Senate is expected to take up legislation to address not only the BP oil spill but also ways to accelerate America’s energy independence. Arkansas has a significant role to play in our nation’s transition to a new energy economy and is already a leader in developing natural gas reserves, providing biomass for energy production, and manufacturing wind energy components.

“As we move forward, we must ensure that we are holding BP accountable, preventing future disasters, and steering our country toward a cleaner energy future. I am particularly focused on creating jobs for Arkansas in a new energy economy and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

“The starting point for achieving these goals is the bipartisan energy bill I worked to pass out of the Senate Energy Committee last year that includes a number of initiatives to increase our renewable energy resources and energy efficiency.

“In addition, the agriculture community can play a key role in our new energy economy, and as Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I will work to ensure we fully utilize the capabilities of our farmers and forests.”

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About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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