Gulf oil spill: Pro-industry senators temper their message
"This accident is a reminder of a cold reality that production of energy will never be without risk or environmental consequences," Murkowski said. But the Alaska senator, whose state is hoping to capitalize on new oil leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, also urged her colleagues not to retreat on new offshore drilling, despite the rig explosion three weeks ago.
"The American people are not ready to turn their backs on offshore production – and neither should we," she said.
As a handful of drilling opponents held up signs that read "Spill, Baby, Spill" and "BP -- Bad People," Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) worried about oil approaching the shores of his state: "We're just at the whim of the tides and the winds."
-- Richard Simon
Photo: Sen. Lisa Murkowski urged against putting an end to offshore drilling. Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images