The implications of the BP oil spill, now considered the worst in U.S. history, are increasingly being felt in Washington. Last week, President Obama extended the moratorium on new deepwater drilling for six months and halted oil exploration in the Arctic and off Virginia's coast. The White House ousted the head of the Minerals Management Service. Coastal state lawmakers rushed to provide federal relief for residents and businesses hurt by the environmental devastation. Others in Congress saw the spill as an opportunity to advance electric cars.
What policy and political changes should Washington embrace as a result of the oil spill? Will the spill convince Congress to pass a climate bill or more limited energy legislation? Will it impact the November congressional elections?