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Will the Gulf Oil Spill be the Crude Awakening the U.S. Needs? Rallies Planned Around the Country This Week.

Will the Gulf Oil Spill be the Crude Awakening the U.S. Needs? Rallies Planned Around the Country This Week.

As balls of tar from the gulf oil spill begin to wash up on Alabama’s white sandy shores, Jack Gerard of the American Petroleum Institute says, “Nothing has changed. When we get back to the politics of energy, oil and natural gas are essential to the economy and our way of life.”

Not good enough.

350.org and the Sierra Club have teamed up to make sure that President Obama and Congress get the message that Americans want BP held accountable for the disaster in the gulf and clean energy now!  Find an event near you.

The groups will call on BP to clean up the spill immediately – and demand that President Obama and Congress end offshore drilling and provide the leadership we urgently need to create a clean energy future.

If you are in Washington, DC, you can spend your lunch hour on Tuesday, May 11th making your voice heard right outside Mr. Obama’s house.

Opponents will counter that we need more offshore oil drilling, not less.  Check out the graph in Al Gore’s New Republic article The Crisis Comes Ashore for a visual illustration of why that’s baloney.

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5:16AM PDT on Oct 21, 2010

Noted and signed!!

6:34AM PDT on Jun 7, 2010

PLEASE WAKE UP!!!! But I guess the ones who are sleeping isn´t here at care2.....

10:54PM PDT on May 21, 2010

i hope so, but think probably not

1:00PM PDT on May 13, 2010

No more offshore drilling,under any circumstances if the congress and President won't listen will we should make them hear,this was a tragedy that didn't need to happen,and those in power need held accountable for their actions.... And don't strate plan's to drill in alaskea eaither..

8:24PM PDT on May 12, 2010

If this disaster dosen't wake this country up NOTHING will. We get very complacent very quickly. 9-11 happens and this country elects a muslim president . Since BP is a British company maybe our next president will be an Englishman/woman. It seems to me that this country is rewarding the very people that are causing these disasters to our country.
Just something to think about the next time you want to enjoy a shrimp or oyster dinner in a high rise building that also houses any large banking companies.

7:25AM PDT on May 12, 2010

Interesting!

4:57AM PDT on May 12, 2010

I urge for no drilling at sea. Let's plead Congress to help save the sea life. Spills are a great threat.

3:55AM PDT on May 12, 2010

ABSOLUTELY THE WAY TO GO. Could Care 2 please organise a new petition that links the oil spill to the world's dependence on fossil fuels and demand a change to a clean, pollution-free renewabel energy future. The outrage that this spill disaster will bring home to the US must be harnessed NOW. The petition must be strongly promoted as never before with the aim of getting a minimum of 200,000 signatures. we can do it!! But now is the time to sieze the moment and use nature's present pain to galvanise massive action for change. Please please do not miss this opportunity!!

3:53AM PDT on May 12, 2010

The ultimate need of managing without any fossil fuel was stated many times by James Hansen and suppressed as much as feasible by the previous Dubya Bush administration. The sooner we attempt to substitute renewables for fossil fuelled power the sooner these accidents will cease. It will probably take several generations for nature to recover from this event.

12:28AM PDT on May 12, 2010

Harriet, there's no need to revert to horse and buggy. Solar, wind and tidal power are free for all, efficient and clean. Also try walking some time; it's very healthy.

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