Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement following release of a presidential investigating panel’s report on the BP oil spill:
"I commend the bipartisan panel for its work. Its findings and recommendations are largely in line with a Democratic plan to ensure that taxpayers are never again on the hook for the damages caused by BP or any other oil company’s catastrophic missteps. Unfortunately that proposal was blocked last year by Senate Republicans.
“The White House, Congress and even the oil industry must work together to pass bipartisan legislation that will prevent and contain a similar environmental disaster and support continued efforts to restore the environment and economy of the Gulf Coast. We must make whole the fishermen, business owners and families whose lives and livelihoods have been altered.
“Congress must take action this year to prevent another catastrophic spill through smart regulation, and by giving regulators the tools and resources they need to do their jobs effectively. We need to ensure safe and responsible use of our very limited offshore oil reserves. But we must also quickly develop our homegrown clean energy resources, such as the solar, wind and geothermal power available in Nevada and around the country, in an environmentally sensible way. This will create jobs and lessen our dangerous reliance on oil.”