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Nelson: It's Time For Obama--And The Military--To Step It Up On The Oil Spill


"They [the military] are the one organization that knows how to get things organized and has a command structure that they can get things done. And BP needs to be responding to them instead of the U.S. government responding to BP," Nelson said. "Everybody's saying that BP's the only one that has the submersibles that can do anything about it. But thus far, it hasn't worked."

Nelson has been pushing legislation that would make oil companies liable for the cost of damages caused by spills up to $10 billion. So far, that bill has been blocked, but Nelson is undeterred. In fact, he says he might tweak the legislation to remove the cap altogether, and call on companies to cover all costs no matter how extensive.

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