The RESTORE Act started as an "effort to dedicate as much BP fine money as possible towards Gulf Coast restoration" but now "could steer money to places like the Great Lakes and West Coast."
Says it wasn't until he and a Senate colleague were able to "wrangle the actual streaming video" from BP that scientists were able to calculate the oil spill flow.
Dave Aronberg "was the first to demand that BP create a billion-dollar fund to pay for the devastation."
House Republicans who complained they didn't have enough time to consider a constitutional ban against oil drilling "shoved through a proposal in just a few days to open state waters to oil drilling."
“We are picking up oil with shovels and paper and plastic bags.”
"West has raised $2 million from those that would leave our beaches in ruins, end Social Security and Medicare, and give corporations free reign."
"Sen. George LeMieux voted to let oil companies off the hook and overturn pollution rules."
"The minute this proposal for near-beach oil drilling came up, I was against it."
The White House has "refused" international help in dealing with the oil spill.
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