Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Take a Stand for the Gulf!

Sierra Club - Explore, enjoy and protect the planet

Dear Sierrans,

Call Your Senators and Tell Them to ACT NOW on the BP Oil Disaster Before it's Too Late!

We must end our addiction to oil!

Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

Call Your Senators Today!

As the clock winds down on the 111th Congress, we may only have days left to pass a bill in the Senate that addresses the devastation caused by the BP oil disaster and helps prevent future spills.

Call your senators today and tell them we refuse to wait until 2011 to address the BP oil disaster.

Big Oil has held the Gulf Coast hostage for too long.

It's time to establish a Gulf Coast Regional Citizens Advisory Council, like the one created after the Exxon Valdez spill, that willgive local residents a voice in decisions that affect their communities, economy, and coasts.

But working to prevent future disasters is not enough. The Senate must also direct that Clean Water Act fines from the BP oil disaster be returned to the Gulf Coast and used to restore areas devastated by the catastrophe -- with input from the Regional Citizens Advisory Council.

Time is running out -- tell the Senate to act now to prevent future disasters and ensure the Gulf Coast communities get the necessary resources to continue the cleanup.

We cannot allow another tragedy like the BP oil disaster to occur off our coasts. But that's exactly what will happen if the Senate allows Big Oil to continue calling the shots when it comes to oil development.

It's up to us to stand up for the Gulf Coast -- will you make the call?

Thanks for all that you do to protect the environment,

Sarah Hodgdon
Sierra Club Conservation Director

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