Gulf Oil Spill Spreads, Damaging Economies, Nature, And Way Of Life

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Summer Burkes of New Orleans watches in the oil stricken community of... News PhotoAccidents and Disasters,Army,BP,Barack Obama,Bestof,British Culture,Crisis,Discussion,Environment,Environmental Issues,Fossil Fuel,Fuel and Power Generation,Gulf of Mexico,Horizontal,Industry,International Landmark,Louisiana,Nature,New Orleans,Oil,Oil Spill,Oval Office,Pollution,President,Sea,Sea Life,Speech,Topics,Topix,US President,USA,Watching,Water,Water PollutionPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2010 Getty ImagesGRAND ISLE, LA - JUNE 15: Summer Burkes of New Orleans watches in the oil stricken community of Grand Isle as President Barack Obama discusses the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in a an Oval Office speech, the first Oval Office speech of his presidency June 15, 2010 off of Grand Isle, Louisiana. Obama told the nation that the spill is a wake-up call and the country should change the way energy is produced and used. The BP spill has been called the largest environmental disaster in American history. U.S. government scientists have estimated that the flow rate of oil gushing out of a ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well may be as high 40,000 barrels per day. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)