This is the first sign we’ve had that BP is getting a real handle on the oil flow. What is called “shut in” tests are under way.

Cautious optimism, emphasis on cautious.

BP said Thursday that it has stopped oil from leaking out of its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The gusher has been throttled for the first time since the April 20 blowout on the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon. Kent Wells, BP’s senior vice president of exploration and production, told reporters that a new capping mechanism shut off the flow of crude from the Macondo well at 3:25 p.m. EDT. He made the announcement after engineers gradually shut off valves to test the pressure. The engineers are monitoring the pressure to see whether the new cap and the well bore hold. […] – Washington Post

None of this mitigates the continuing disaster along the Gulf coast, including financial, but also the horrendous ecological damage. What has happened to the fish, birds and other wildlife, not to mention the abandoned pets, continues to play out to heartbreaking degree.

The other reality is that even after the BP catastrophe there has been no real vision from any leader, including Pres. Obama, to make a real push on energy policy.

As for Republicans, see Joe “BP apologist” Barton.

It makes me wonder about former V.P. Al Gore and the leadership vision he’d be providing if he was in charge today.