Obama Will Use Gulf Spill to Push Energy Bill

Public hungry for action, aides conclude
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2010 1:30 PM CDT
Obama Will Use Gulf Spill to Push Energy Bill
A map showing the oil spill is seen at rear as President Barack Obama speaks regarding the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Monday, June 14, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Barack Obama will call for a clean energy bill in his Oval Office address on the oil spill tomorrow, as part of a renewed push for the once all-but-abandoned legislation. The White House believes that the spill has whetted the public’s appetite for energy reform, top aides tell Politico. One Democratic pollster predicts the bill will “give Democrats a potent weapon to wield against Republicans in the fall.”

Obama himself hinted at that strategy in an interview Friday. “In the same way that our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11,” he said, “I think this disaster is going to shape how we think about the environment and energy for many years to come.” (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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