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ACT on preventing future spills like the recent awful BP disaster!

Based on a "Crisis Networking" post by sunnydupree on the recent BP Oil Spill, I was searching for "Jackie Savitz" -- a senior scientist noted in the article that sunny shared with us. I was hoping I could get info so we might help sunny and me and others contact Jackie - or whomever else -- in order to get we could find out how/where/when to help spread more information or volunteer.
Anyway, I found the Oceana website:
along with information about Jackie (unfortunately, no "contact me at :xxxx email or phone at least, directly)

As I was searching for more information/details, I saw that Oceana offers the opportunity to "ACT" -- e.g., by sending letters to congressmen or donating, etc. SO -- I decided to act on editing the form-letter to my Senators about the need to keep OffShore Oil Drilling out of our Climate Change legislation. I added info from the BP oil spill to the form letter in an effort to make the argument more compelling. Excerpts I added are from the NPR report that sunnydupree shared with us:

Here's the form letter (below), with my edits about the BP oil spill. Now you can go to the site if you want to take the same ACTion!
Here's the link to the "ACT" for Oceana/our oceans:

The Letter:
"I am writing today to express my disapproval of including any increase in offshore oil drilling in the upcoming climate bill. I urge you to protect the nation’s beaches, coastlines, marine wildlife and our oceans, as well as the livelihoods of those coastal communities that rely on healthy oceans.

** This is especially relevant given the recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico -- which according to Jackie Savitz, a toxicology scientist with the environmental group Oceani, quoted in a recent NPR report, says that at the current flow rate, the spill will reach the 11 million gallon mark of the Exxon Valdez spill in 50 days [from April 30, 2010, http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126410895].
"The Gulf holds several endangered and threatened species, including four species of endangered sea turtle, in addition to dolphins, porpoises and whales."

Whether to expand drilling or not may seem like a tough decision, but the smart and clear choice is to create the jobs and energy we need without generating even more carbon dioxide than we already are. Renewable energy creates three times more jobs than fossil fuel production. The only reasonable choice is to put the ocean to safe and clean use to generate offshore wind power, rather than expanding offshore drilling into areas that were previously protected or that are particularly sensitive. Expanding drilling into such areas would run directly counter to efforts to reduce carbon emissions and it competes with the development of our clean energy future.

I urge you to make the safest and most economically sound decision – one that creates jobs and does not pander to Big Oil. While it may be a tough decision, it will clearly be the right decision for our future."

Below is sample page (with Maryland senators 'cuz I live in MD)


And the thank you notice =)




Help SPREAD the word!! (See you can Tweet it, Facebook it, etc...)

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Comment by A.V.Koshy on May 1, 2010 at 5:04pm
you are doing a great job elizabeth i need to send an urgent evoke out about this...
Comment by Paul Holze on May 2, 2010 at 1:34am
Yes, I second that...thank you for posting these links with action. I keep thinking about what was the cause of all of this, and obviously there are several reasons, ranging from the indirect (society's dependence and push for cheaper oil) to the direct (poor equipment preparation by BP on this particular rig that has a history of problems), but what stands out the most to me was the widely panned prediction 40 years ago that if alternative solutions were not examined and developed for energy, situations would become more and more dire. What was done at the time? Nothing. Instead, there has become an increasing scramble to come up with the cheapest solutions (i.e. more offshore drilling). Short term solutions have always been sought out and now those solutions (which are risky) will have long term repercussions, particularly affecting the environment.

That is why I like that letter's focus on the long term; though we can't stop this particular oil spill, for example, hopefully in 40 years we will not be repeating history.

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