Today Obama made his 4th visit to the disaster stricken gulf coast in order to assess the damage from Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi but perhaps the days most important headline is the contrast the President made between the gulf oil spill and the terrorist attacks of September 11th.
In an interview with Politico, the President said he would push for the biggest overhaul of US energy policy that would aim to reduce our addiction to oil from overseas eliminate the need for deep water drilling off of the nations coasts.
“In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11, I think this disaster is going to shape how we think about the environment and energy for many years to come,” said the President.
The stark contrast of the gulf oil spill and 9/11 are just the start in what is a crucial week for both the President and BP which will map the road moving forward on the cleanup effort.
Obama is expected to fly back to Washington tonight in preparation for tomorrows televised address to the nation about the gulf coast oil spill from the Oval office.
On Wednesday the President will meet with top executives from BP to discuss plans moving forward and press the company to setup escrow accounts in order to pay for the direct and indirect damaged caused by BP’s busted and leaking well.