By Shashank Bengali, Renee Schoof and Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers Shashank Bengali, Renee Schoof And Lesley Clark, Mcclatchy Newspapers 2 hrs 15 mins ago

WASHINGTON — Facing a growing furor over the monthlong Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the White House Friday named two environmentalists to lead a presidential commission investigating the disaster.

The appointments of former Florida Democratic Sen. Bob Graham and William K. Reilly , who led the Environmental Protection Agency under President George H.W. Bush , came as the Obama administration tried to defend its handling of the spill against critics who charge that the oil giant BP has been dragging its feet in measuring how much oil the company’s ruptured well is spewing.

A month after the spill began, the Obama administration also appeared to be distancing itself from BP, forming a task force this week to measure the spilled crude that includes an engineering professor who’s told Congress that he thinks the spill is far larger than originally thought, but not a representative from BP.

Administration officials, who until now have stressed BP’s preeminent role in cleanup efforts, offered no explanation for BP’s exclusion from the panel, which a top Coast Guard official said was expected to deliver a new estimate of the spill’s size early next week.

What the hell?

Worry about fixing the problem first.

Then figure out who’s to blame.

Who cares how much is being spilled.

I don’t want to pay a ‘commission’ to figure out how much is being spilled.

That’s not the point!


Not someone to just stand there, and say ‘Oh, this is bad…’

A presidential commission will do nothing of value here.

What we need is Red Adair and the Navy to get together and FIX IT!

And then send BP the bill!


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