GULF SPILL DISASTER — NO NEW OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING!
The April 20 explosion at a BP exploratory drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, 120 miles south of New Orleans, killed 11 workers and initiated what is becoming the worst oil spill disaster ever. Write President Obama today to reverse his March 31 decision to expand offshore oil drilling nationwide, and to enact a permanent ban on new offshore oil exploration and development. Further, President Obama's recent announcement to stop Shell Oil from drilling through the heart of polar bear critical habitat this summer — where it is indescribably more difficult to deal with an oil spill -- is only temporary. Urge him to permanently ban all oil and gas drilling in the fragile, melting Arctic environment.
DON'T LET BP PLAY RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH THE ARCTIC
Although it has not yet stopped or contained, let alone cleaned up, the massive ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP now has the audacity to propose testing new drilling technology in the fragile Arctic Ocean through its so-called Liberty project. The Center and other groups have called on Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to say no to this project until proper environmental reviews can be completed and until BP has stopped, contained and cleaned the Gulf of Mexico spill. The decision about whether to risk destroying the Arctic as BP has destroyed the Gulf is in Secretary Salazar’s hands. Please tell the secretary not to let BP drill in the Arctic.
BURNED ALIVE — HELP STOP BP FROM TORCHING ENDANGERED SEA TURTLES
Reports keep coming in from locals in the Gulf and stories on NPR and in The New York Times -- endangered sea turtles are being burned alive as part of BP's careless oil spill cleanup efforts. This is unacceptable: These rare, important turtles are becoming trapped in the oily surface of the Gulf and then torched by cleanup crews in "controlled burns" of corralled oil — any wildlife caught inside the corral are literally burned alive. And it's illegal: As protected species under the Endangered Species Act, anyone responsible for killing a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle — the turtle most affected by the Gulf oil disaster — is liable for criminal penalties, including prison time and civil fines of up to $25,000 for each violation. Tell BP to stop torching endangered sea turtles.
STOP RISKY OFFSHORE DRILLING WITHOUT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
Despite the Gulf catastrophe, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued 19 new drilling approvals after the explosion — all exempt from environmental review under the "categorical exclusion" exemption policy. Now, the Council on Environmental Quality, the agency tasked with ensuring that federal agencies meet their legal obligations, is reviewing this loophole. We believe that if the full environmental effects of offshore drilling were examined, drilling would have to stop. Please demand environmental review of offshore drilling today.
SIGN THE PEOPLE'S PETITION TO CAP CO2 POLLUTION AT 350 PARTS PER MILLION
Breaking our addiction to fossil fuel is the only long-lasting path to ending offshore oil drilling. Join the Center and numerous others — including climate scientist Dr. James Hansen, author Barbara Kingsolver, musician Bonnie Raitt, and actor/activist Ed Begley Jr. — in calling on the EPA to scientifically establish national safe limits for CO2 and other greenhouse gas pollution under the Clean Air Act by signing our petition.
Take part in the No More Oil Spills Month of Action.
Week 1, July 12 – 18: Starting July 12, we urge you to send an email to your senators. Tell them to stop oil spills by moving us rapidly away from our dependence on fossil fuels. Tell them to protect and implement the Clean Air Act to curb carbon pollution without delay. Tell them to enact a permanent moratorium on offshore oil drilling.
Attend an event:
Make This Our Country's Crude Awakening
Since May 20th — the one-month anniversary of the Gulf drilling disaster — Crude Awakening events have been taking place across the country to make sure we wake up to the dangers of dirty fossil fuels, stand with directly impacted people on the Gulf Coast, and make loud demands for a clean and safe energy economy.
Volunteer and help save oiled wildlife:
Oiled wildlife should not be captured but instead reported at 1 (866) 557-1401.
To report areas with oil ashore, call 1 (866) 448-5816.
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is looking for volunteers to fill a variety of needs. Preveterinary students, veterinary technicians, and anyone with HAZWOPER training (“hazardous waste operations and emergency response standard") are strongly encouraged to register.
The Alabama Coastal Foundation is collecting contact information from volunteers for cleanup efforts along the Alabama coast should the oil spill reach the state's shores. Call (251) 990-6002 if you can help.
The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is looking for volunteers to help reduce the potential impact of the oil spill in Mobile Bay. Call (251) 431-6409 to help.
The Mobile Baykeeper is collecting contact information for volunteers to respond anywhere along the Gulf Coast, if needed. Call (251) 433-4229.
Save Our Seabirds is a Florida bird rescue group looking for volunteers and support as its response team prepares to help oiled wildlife. Call (941) 388-3010.
The Audubon Society, which is affiliated with the Louisiana Coastal Initiative, is making its Center for Birds of Prey in Florida available for bird cleansing and rehabilitation and is seeking volunteers. Elsewhere, Audubon is gearing up to mobilize volunteers and provide assistance as the oil reaches land in Louisiana and elsewhere. Find a local office.
You can get up-to-date information by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CBD_Climate. Then join the Center’s Facebook page and our special Facebook page for the People’s Petition to Cap Carbon Pollution at 350 Parts Per Million. Our allies at 350.org have also set up a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/dontdrill.
The Center is joining forces with a number of other organizations to hold a Conference Call Briefing on the disaster in the Gulf, what it means for the Gulf, and the future of offshore oil and federal climate legislation on Friday, June 11, 2010. For more information on the call and additional actions, contact Rose Braz, the Center’s climate campaign coordinator.