By Ray Hershel
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)– Republican Sen. Scott Brown met with President Barack Obama Wednesday for his first formal meeting with the president since he was elected in January.
In a satellite interview with abc40, Brown said it’s taken too long for the President to bring BP executives to the White House to talk about fixing the problem.
“I’m encouraged that the President is finally meeting almost after two months with the head of BP, I would have done it in two seconds,” said Brown.
The president went on national television calling BP reckless and promised to make the company pay for the massive damage caused by the oil spill.
The president also urged Congress to get behind his goal of passing sweeping energy and climate change legislation. Brown said he favors a strong national energy policy but one which does not include an energy tax.
“If you kind of read in between the lines, I’m sensing the potential for a national energy tax which would make energy costs skyrocket in the United States.”
Brown also said there are lessons to be learned from the oil spill crisis.
“You have to make sure that you don’t cut corners and you have to have appropriate safety inspectors, and the rules and regulations you have in place need to be followed.”
Brown said there was no sense of urgency before, but now he said there is.