May 17th, 2010
09:21 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Oil Spill Accusations

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/US/05/17/gulf.oil.spill/c1main.oil.dispersant.jpg]Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

There are major new developments tonight in the Gulf oil disaster. According to an administration official, President Obama will sign an executive order establishing a presidential commission to investigate the oil spill.

Meantime, the federal official overseeing offshore drilling announced his departure amid criticism that regulators have been too cozy with the oil industry. He told colleagues unexpectedly that he’ll retire at the end of the month.

In recent days, Massachusetts congressman Ed Markey, whose committee is holding hearings on the spill, has lambasted BP, the owner of the ruptured well. Markey has accused BP officials of stonewalling him about the size of the spill and refusing to bring on independent experts to judge for themselves. Keeping Them Honest, we’ll take a hard look at those charges tonight and also at what’s happening below the water’s surface more than three weeks after the drilling rig blew up.

Also tonight, an update on a landmark pilot study on race and how children see skin color. Are young children today really colorblind when it comes to race, as many parents would like to believe? We commissioned a new pilot study by a team of child psychologists to measure kids’ beliefs about race. We’ll show you video from the interviews conducted for the study. The children are candid, sometimes painfully so. What they say may stun you.  

Another story we’re following tonight: primary anxiety. On the eve of some key Senate primary races, we’ll be looking at anti-incumbent fever and the Palin Factor. Sarah Palin has endorsed Rand Paul in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary. Are her endorsements making a difference or is she just placing safe bets? Our political panel will zero in on the Kentucky race plus battles in Arkansas and Pennsylvania.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.

Filed under: Cate Vojdik • Gulf Oil Spill • Oil • The Buzz
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Brian Broussard

    Anderson, thank you for continuing your extensive coverage of BP's on-going "oil spill accident". Please do not stop asking the hard questions! I want answers, as do everyone here in South Louisiana. It is simply unacceptable "to us" that BP can't give us the hard numbers about the volume (we are Americans, this is our sea, and we need to know: the volume). We also need to know that this British company respects the differences between their way of doing business and ours. So far, no dice! A report that just aired included a comment that BP likes Louisianaians = I beg to differ! I have a background that includes developing software for Texaco in the 1980's and also computer support for another "British" company based in Scotland... They don't respect us! I know first hand that they don't. They are anal-retentive and selfish, and we would do fine to boot them out of our waters. Think of it this way: a company that big, with that much profit, has little motivation to fix their mistake – to us in Louisiana, it doesn't matter who the contractors are – BP is soley responsible, period.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Laird Luoma

    Seems like the most logical first step that we can do is to totally boycott BP. Maybe their arrogance would be diminished if their income suddenly plummeted to zero!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  3. Jay C.

    Why is there an order to "look" after how bad things are. If oil is spilling into the waters killing life and hurting business which equals destroying families/industries, there's no need to "look" at it or get a committee to find out how bad it is. Fix the problem. stop trying to 'gauge/look/determine' how bad it is. Its only getting worse.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Steven

    Watching this evenings update on the spill has left me sick to my stomach. What if this is as bad as some have predicted... don't we need to know right away?

    BP must have money to hire some consultants to work the flow calculation separately from the stoppage and cleanup effort.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Leslie

    Why is this not viewed as the equivalent of a terrorist attack? More harm has been done to the USA (and the rest of th e world) by BP and the oil companies then 9-11.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  6. carole lierman

    Thank you Anderson, for your tenaciousness about the oil spell and BP. We're counting on you.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm |

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