We hate to say we told you so, Mr. President, but … well, we did.
Within a week of President Obama’s effort to expand offshore oil drilling, a BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire and sank, taking with it the lives of 11 men.1
Today, Oceanographer Ian MacDonald estimates that over 12 million gallons of oil have drained into the Gulf of Mexico. That’s more than the historic Exxon Valdez spill and the well is still days, perhaps weeks, from being repaired. 2 New reports say that it could take up to 3 months to get the leaks all under control.3 Mr. President, we told you so. We told you offshore drilling was a bad idea. We told you the dangers were real. Now, 11 hardworking Americans are dead and hundreds of miles of ocean and wetlands are threatened. Meanwhile, thousands of fisherman are faced with a decimated fishing industry that was about to enter shrimping season. Tell President Obama that one disaster is more than enough; it’s time to end offshore oil drilling. http://act.truemajorityaction.org/p/7002/nodrilling?petition_KEY=163
Local fisherman Ricky Robin fears the impact the oil spill will have on his livelihood, saying it’s “worse than the atomic bomb.”4 The slick continues to drift toward the shorelines of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi threatening thousands of miles of estuaries and wetlands already home to many endangered and threatened animal species.
It’s time we put our money where our mouth is and move “Beyond Petroleum” for real. The first step is moving beyond offshore drilling. President Obama, are you listening?Click here to sign your support and make SURE he gets the message.
Thanks for all you do,
TrueMajority / USAction
1 – news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100421/ap_on_bi_ge/us_louisiana_oil_rig_explosion
2 – blog.skytruth.org/2010/05/gulf-oil-spill-new-spill-rate.html
3 – online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100503-709125.html?mod=WSJ_World_MIDDLEHeadlinesEurope
4 – wwltv.com/news/Oil-Spills-Leads-Fishermen-to-Offer-Help-92449999.html