Bill Nelson criticizes BP disaster response, research funding listen06/11/10 Kate Bradshaw
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In St. Petersburg today Senator Bill Nelson criticized BP for the way itâ€™s been handling the oil disaster response.
Weeks ago, the oil giant had pledged $500 million to fund research on the impacts of the Gulf oil disaster. Nelson says what theyâ€™re now promising is a little different than half a billion.
William Hogarth, Dean of University of South Floridaâ€™s College of Marine Sciences, said the ten million will help, but that having institutions from across the globe compete to research whatâ€™s in USFâ€™s back yard seeks to defy logic.
Senator Nelson also criticized BP for everything that has gone wrong with the disaster response.
Nelson said the problem lies in the effortâ€™s command structure.
Nelson said that he and other senators have also written to BP asking the company to create a $20 billion trust fund to help those impacted by the disaster, including the seafood industry, small businesses, and municipalities.