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Gulf oil spill presents a political challenge to Obama's offshore drilling plans

Gulf oil spill presents a political challenge to Obama's offshore drilling plans 29 Apr 2010 The growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is not only an environment danger, but also a widening political headache for President Obama, who just last month [insanely] agreed to open vast stretches of the U.S. coastline to oil drilling. White House attention to the oil leak, from a deepwater exploration well, is ramping up quickly... The oil spill, which occurred after an explosion on a BP rig, threatens to highlight the environmental risk of offshore exploration -- a risk that critics have long warned about and that Obama tried to downplay last month when he announced the expansion of drilling.