A MONTH ago President Obama opened large areas of US coastal waters to offshore drilling with the reassurance for the American people that "oil rigs today generally don't cause spills".
Yesterday he flew to Louisiana to head off mounting criticism that his Government's response to the Gulf Coast oil disaster had been too little and too late, and to neutralise a potentially devastating soundbite, that this is "his Katrina".
As Air Force One touched down in New Orleans, fresh analysis of satellite photographs by the University of Miami indicated that the oil slick off Mississippi may have tripled in size in the past two days.
BP raised hopes that specially constructed steel boxes could be in place within days over the three big oil leaks on the seabed, but the only certain solution to the crisis, capping the well with concrete, remains months off.
Mr Obama's four-hour flying vi
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