Planet Earth

Oil In The Water

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumJun 10, 2010 4:01 PM

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Click on the map to watch CNN's time-lapse video Now go read Nicholas Kristof's related Op-Ed in the NYTimes:

The national campaign to get President Obama to emote, throw crockery at oil executives and jump up and down in fury has failed. But here’s a long-term solution: Let’s anoint a king and queen. ....

[It] would give President Obama time to devise actual clean-up policies. He might then also be able to concentrate on eliminating absurd government policies that make these disasters more likely (such as the $75 million cap on economic damages when an oil rig is responsible for a spill). Our president is stuck with too many ceremonial duties as head of state, such as greeting ambassadors and holding tedious state dinners, that divert attention from solving problems. You can preside over America or you can address its problems, but it’s difficult to find time to do both.

Exactly. * Update: You can now vote for king and queen of America at Vanity Fair. *

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