AirTalk for May 27, 2010

White House News Conference on deep-water drilling and the Gulf oil spill

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President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference May 27, 2010 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.The US government gave the go ahead Thursday for a plan to build a barrier island to stop oil from coming ashore in a section of Louisiana. President Obama defended the time it took for his administration to approve a plan that has been insistently put forward by Louisiana's Republican governor, Bobby Jindal.

Following President Obama's news conference this morning, AirTalk takes a look at the oil spill in the Gulf. Has the federal government done all it should to respond to the disaster? Will BP be held responsible for cleanup costs? And what challenges lie ahead politically, for energy technology, and for the Gulf coast and waters?

Guests:

Doyle McManus, Washington Columnist for the Los Angeles Times

Dave Pursell, Managing Director and head of the macro-research department at Tudor, Pickering and Holt, an Energy Investment Banking Company in Houston, Texas

Elgie Holstein, Vice President for Land, Water, and Wildlife programs for Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), former senior advisor to the Obama presidential campaign on energy and environmental policy matters and co-director of the Department of Energy presidential transition team

David Pettit, Senior attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)


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