Posted by: Chris Laughlin
With the largest environmental disaster in the United States unfolding, there has never been a better time to join together and say NO to new offshore drilling and YES to clean energy, a strong climate bill and national ocean policy.
What you can do:
Hands Across The Sand was founded by Dave Rauschkolb, “The image is powerful, the message simple,” he said. “No to offshore drilling, yes to clean energy. We are drawing a line in the sand against offshore oil drilling along America’s beaches and in solidarity events across America and around the world. No one industry should be able to place entire coastal economies and marine environments at risk with dangerous, dirty mistakes.”
The mission of Hands Across The Sand is to change our energy policy away from its dependence on fossil fuels and into the light of clean energy. The aim is to convince our leaders to abandon expanded offshore oil drilling and adopt policies that encourage clean and renewable energy sources.
The BP Gulf oil spill is estimated to be pumping 35,000-60,000 barrels per day, or 2.5 million gallons per day. It is pumping the equivalent of one Exxon Valdez spill every four days (which dumped 11 million gallons). It is devastating estuaries and other critical habitat, shutting down sensitive fisheries, and killing birds, marine mammals and turtles. Many jobs will continue to be lost, and the economic impact – immense.
2) Keep pushing for change. Send a message to President Obama and your Senators. A disaster this big deserves an even bigger response. We must drive a paradigm shift that moves us away from offshore drilling and toward clean energy. To make that happen we need a strong climate bill passed before the end of the year.
3) Support the Gulf spill response on the ground, two organizations that can use additional help:
Beyond offshore oil drilling – let’s go there!
Date Posted: June 21, 2010 @ 5:34 pm Comments Off