The five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s arrival on the Gulf Coast is just months away, and the region is grappling with one of the largest environmental disasters in American history — the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Tavis recently spoke to a former oil company executive, who analyzed BP’s handling of the crisis, a member of Congress, who discussed how the BP oil spill will affect financial regulation, and newly-elected New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Tavis’ conversation with Landrieu came just days after the April 20 explosion and fire on the drilling rig, before Landrieu officially took office.
Be sure to watch their interviews below.
And for more on what life is like in The Big Easy today, be sure to tune into Tavis Smiley Reports “New Orleans: Been in the Storm Too Long,” which airs Wednesday, July 21, at 8/7c.
Former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister
“This is a tragedy. This is an environmental disaster. But to shut down the entire industry as if they are all guilty of the same human factor misjudgment that may have led to this particular accident I think is premature and ill-advised. So we have to have both more energy to keep our economy going and we need to have safety and reliability.”
Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA)
“Democrats have to understand that that MMS, that office, Mineral Management Service, truly needs to be divided and I know they’re about to do it, but how could they ever have permitted over the years past to let oil companies fill out the inspection forms? How could they permit them to have $80 billion in tax loopholes?”
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
“It continues to highlight to the nation how important our economic security and national security is based on the drilling that we do here, which goes to the issue of the coast…It’s very important that if we’re going to drill, we do so safely and that we protect…the places where the people in the southern part of the country live.