In the wake of the BP Oil Disaster, you might imagine it would be tough for API, Shell Oil Co and the like to round up significant grassroots support for some pro-oil rallies. But that didn’t stop them from gathering a crowd in Texas this week — they just bussed in their employees!
A day after Big Oil staged these rallies using their own employees as props, another oil rig in the Gulf exploded – highlighting the risky and dangerous nature of oil and gas development.
What should we take away from these stories? Let’s start with two simple and pretty uncontroversial points: 1) Oil and gas development contains inherent risks to human life and the health of our environment and economy; 2) It’s long past time to rapidly scale up deployment of off-the-shelf energy efficiency technologies while we unleash the potential of America’s clean energy economy.
How many more rigs must explode before America will demand a shift away from outdated, dangerous fuels? It’s quiet on the Hill because Members of Congress are back home. Send them back to DC with a clear mandate: end America’s addiction to dirty fuels.
TAKE ACTION: Enough explosions! Tighten rules on oil rigs!
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