The spreading oil in the Gulf of Mexico is an environmental disaster and creating political turmoil. The head of the Minerals Management Service, the agency responsible for regulating off shore oil drilling, has already resigned and the agency is being dismantled as its former responsibilities are spread in other organizations.
State and local governments are beginning to take matters into their own hands as the environmental disaster spreads and the long term implications for the relationship between the federal, state and local governments are still unknown.
Of course, politicians of every political stripe are involved in some way and President Obama delivered a speech from the White House on the subject, presumably to show he is on top of the situation and to try and control the political fall-out.
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