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By Chris Conte

President addresses oil spill


ROCHESTER (KTTC-DT)-- Nearly 1.4 million gallons are believed to be spewing into the gulf each day. Fifty-six days into the worst oil spill in the history of the country, President Obama tried to reassure the nation that he is on top of the situation.

"We will fight this spill with everything we've got, for as long as it takes," he said.

Just back from his fourth trip to the oil stricken gulf coast, the President addressed the nation for the first time from the Oval Office.

"Because there's never been a leak of this size at this depth, stopping it has tested the limits of human technology," President Obama noted.

With hundreds of oil soaked birds and fish washing up on the shores of gulf coast beaches, there was some tough talk for BP.

"We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused," he said.

At the end of his 17 minute speech the president called on the country to use this as an opportunity to break free of the country's oil addiction.

"The time to embrace a clean energy future is now," he said.

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