PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES!
This one is important to all animals on this planet. If you don't
want to read the below, please sign at:
If you're not convinced that you should sign, let me try to convince
you. Because gas is at $4 the oil companies and President Bush are
again asking Congress to sacrifice our coasts to Big Oil. But this
won't do anything to end high gas prices, nor to solve the problem
on the long run.
Any oil found along our coasts wouldn't be available until 2030
(source: Department of Energy, 2007,
. The only
effect this will have is to add to the oil industry's tens of
billions of dollars in record profits. At the cost of our nation's
pristine beaches and wild places.
We need mid- and long-term solutions that don't further destroy our
environment, nor make the OPEC countries who hate us -- including
Iran, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia -- even more powerful than they
are. We need to be inspired to create and invent new solutions that
don't burn fossil fuels inefficiently, and that don't produce
alarming rates of CO2. Such as cars that do 100 MPG. Such as
efficient public transportation systems. Such as electricity that
doesn't rely on coal.
Imagine that your children and grandchildren are inside a building.
The building is burning. This proposal to drill our coasts "makes
about as much sense as throwing buckets of gasoline on a burning
building." As painful as it will be, at some point we need to bite
the bullet. We need to join forces in a bipartisan effort and do
what's best for our kids and grandkids. We cannot put this off any
We can do MUCH better than this. It's not an either-or situation, as
in "either we drill Alaska or our economy collapses." We Americans
are FAR more creative and capable than this. Please actively oppose
this bill, by signing this petition and by passing on this email to
people you know.
For more information on this important issue, see the OpEd in
today's (June 19, 2008) New York Times at:
The Big Pander to Big Oil
It was almost inevitable that a combination of $4-a-gallon gas,
public anxiety and politicians eager to win votes or repair legacies
would produce political pandering on an epic scale. So it has, the
latest instance being President Bush's decision to ask Congress to
end the federal ban on offshore oil and gas drilling along much of
America's continental shelf.
This is worse than a dumb idea. It is cruelly misleading. It will
make only a modest difference, at best, to prices at the pump, and
even then the benefits will be years away. It greatly exaggerates
America's leverage over world oil prices. It is based on dubious
statistics. It diverts the public from the tough decisions that need
to be made about conservation.
There is no doubt that a lot of people have been discomfited and
genuinely hurt by $4-a-gallon gas. But their suffering will not be
relieved by drilling in restricted areas off the coasts of New
Jersey or Virginia or California. The Energy Information
Administration says that even if both coasts were opened, prices
would not begin to drop until 2030. The only real beneficiaries will
be the oil companies that are trying to lock up every last acre of
public land before their friends in power Mr. Bush and Vice
President Dick Cheney exit the political stage.
The whole scheme is based on a series of fictions that range from
the egregious to the merely annoying. Democratic majority leader,
Senator Harry Reid, noted the worst of these on Wednesday: That a
country that consumes one-quarter of the world's oil supply but owns
only 3 percent of its reserves can drill its way out of any problem
whether it be high prices at the pump or dependence on oil exported
by unstable countries in Persian Gulf. This fiction has been
resisted by Barack Obama but foolishly embraced by John McCain, who
seemed to be making some sense on energy questions until he jumped
aboard the lift-the-ban bandwagon on Tuesday.
A lesser fiction, perpetrated by the oil companies and, to some
extent, by misleading government figures, is that huge deposits of
oil and gas on federal land have been closed off and industry has
had one hand tied behind its back by environmentalists, Democrats
and the offshore protections in place for 25 years.
The numbers suggest otherwise. Of the 36 billion barrels of oil
believed to lie on federal land, mainly in the Rocky Mountain West
and Alaska, almost two-thirds are accessible or will be after
various land-use and environmental reviews. And of the 89 billion
barrels of recoverable oil believed to lie offshore, the federal
Mineral Management Service says fourth-fifths is open to industry,
mostly in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaskan waters.
Clearly, the oil companies are not starved for resources. Further,
they do not seem to be doing nearly as much as they could with the
land to which they've already laid claim. Separate studies by the
House Committee on Natural Resources and the Wilderness Society, a
conservation group, show that roughly three-quarters of the 90
million-plus acres of federal land being leased by the oil companies
onshore and off are not being used to produce energy. That is 68
million acres altogether, among them potentially highly productive
leases in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.
With that in mind, four influential House Democrats Edward Markey,
Nick Rahall, Rahm Emanuel and Maurice Hinchey have introduced "use
it or lose it" bills that would force the companies to begin
exploiting the leases they have before getting any more. Companion
bills have been introduced in the Senate, where suspicions also run
high that industry's main objective is to stockpile millions of
additional acres of public land before the Bush administration
This cannot be allowed to happen. The Congressional moratoriums on
offshore drilling were put in place in 1981 and reaffirmed by
subsequent Congresses to protect coastal economies that depend on
clean water and clean coastlines. This was also the essential
purpose of supplemental executive orders, the first of which was
issued by Mr. Bush's father in 1990 after the disastrous Exxon
Valdez oil spill the year before.
Given the huge resources available to the energy industry, there is
no reason to undo these protections now.
PLEASE FORWARD FAR AND WIDE!