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US VIEWS: GULF DISASTER

BARACK OBAMA
US PRESIDENT
“We have an obligation to investigate what went wrong and to determine what reforms are needed so that we never have to experience a crisis like this again."

“If any laws were broken leading to this death and destruction, my solemn pledge is to bring those responsible to justice on behalf of the victims of this catastrophe and the people in the Gulf region.”

ROBERT REICH
FORMER POLITICIAN
“It's time for the federal government to put BP under temporary receivership, which gives the government authority to take over BP's operations in the Gulf of Mexico until the gusher is stopped. This is the only way the public know what’s going on, be confident enough resources are being put to stopping the gusher, and know the government has enough clout to force BP to use a different one if necessary.”

ERIC HOLDER
US ATTORNEY GENERAL
“If we find evidence of any illegal behaviour, we will be forceful in our response... we will be meticulous, comprehensive and aggressive."

“We will ensure that every cent, every cent of taxpayer money, will be repaid and that damage to the environment and wildlife will be reimbursed.”

“We will not rest until justice is done."