The continuing drama in the Gulf to stop the oil leak provided the ideal background for the US President to press for an overhaul of his country’s energy policy.
While on a visit to a solar panel manufacturing facility, Barack Obama, whose administration has been criticised for not being tough enough on BP, stressed the need for clean energy technology.
Fresh from his policy victory over healthcare reform and close to one on financial regulation, Obama appears to be shifting his focus to another policy goal.
“Our dependence on foreign oil endangers our security and economy,” warned President Obama.
“Climate change poses a threat to our way of life. In fact, we are already beginning to see its profound and costly impact. And the spill in the Gulf, which is just heartbreaking, only underscores the necessity of seeking alternative fuel sources.”
However the energy bill currently going through the US Senate includes an expansion of offshore drilling, something which has now been thrown into question.