‘Furious’ Obama to BP: Show Me the Money! $69 Million Worth
June 4, 2010
(ChattahBox)—President Obama delivered a hefty billing statement to BP on Thursday, demanding the oil company pay the United States $69.09 million for the first wave of recovery and cleanup operations in the Gulf. BP has until July 1 first to pay up. And the amount invoiced represents only 75 percent of the estimated costs incurred from the gushing oil well to date; one of the worst oil leak disasters in our nation’s history. The Obama administration announced that BP and other liable companies will be billed frequently to ensure the Oil Spill Liability Trust remains flush.
The $69.09 million covers the costs of federal ships, aircraft and the deployment of the National Guard:
“Included in the bill sent to BP was a $29 million charge for Federal agencies to operate ships, aircraft and boats to monitor environmental damage and another $29 million charge for the activation and deployment of the National Guard. BP owes $7 million for removal operations and other environmental assessment efforts and $4 million for the Department of Defense’s removal efforts and operation of ships and aircraft.”
The billing statement warned BP the U.S. taxpayers expect to be reimbursed for the economic and environmental disaster caused by BP’s sunken Deepwater Horizon oil rig:
“The administration expects prompt payment and will take additional steps as necessary to ensure that BP and other responsible parties, not American taxpayers, pay all of the costs associated with the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, President Obama is on his way to the Gulf region for another visit to see the devastation first-hand.
Critics of the President’s response to the disaster so far, continue to complain that he is not sufficiently emotionally “engaged,” or that Obama has failed to adequately demonstrate sufficient anger to please the beltway media.
President Obama addressed this criticism during an appearance on CNN’s Larry King last night. He told King he was “furious at this entire situation,” because “somebody didn’t think through the consequences of their actions.”
Obama pointed out that angry rhetoric is not going to solve the Gulf disaster:
“I would love to just spend a lot of my time just venting and yelling at people. But that’s not the job I was hired to do. My job is to solve this problem. And, ultimately this isn’t about me and how angry I am. Ultimately this is about the people down in the Gulf who are being impacted and what I am doing to make sure that they are able to salvage their way of life,” the president said.
Obama later told King that he is unhappy with the speed of BP’s response to the oil disaster. “They have felt the anger, but what I haven’t seen, as much as I’d like, is the kind of rapid response,” he said.
We just had eight-years of nonsensical over-the-top rhetoric from President Bush. It’s a welcome change to have a calm, competent adult in charge.
White House Photo/Lawrence Jackson