Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday the Gulf of Mexico oil spill should accelerate efforts to move energy legislation that boosts alternative sources. “I think, rather than slow us up, I think it [the spill] should expedite our doing energy legislation,” Reid said.
Reid said the U.S. needs “to move as rapidly as we can” on alternative energy. “I think we’re all going to back off from offshore drilling until we get a better handle of how we can make it safe,” Reid said.
However, the energy and climate bill that Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have crafted contains measures to promote wider offshore drilling, which is seen as a major obstacle to passage.