Bluestem Action Alert
August 10, 2008
Oppose Off-Shore Drilling!
Please call Senators Barak Obama and Dick Durbin and tell them to strongly oppose attempts to lift the ban on off-shore drilling.
Bill name: Peterson Amendment to lift moratorium on off-shore drilling
Our position: oppose
State or federal: Federal
Whom to call: Senators
Where to call: local office – Congress is in recess
Numbers: Obama 312-886-3506; Durbin: 312-353-0150
NOTE: There is no bill number because the amendment is attached to a bill with some things we do not oppose.
The Republican response to high gas prices has been to block sensible energy conservation policies and to lift the 23-year-old ban on drilling for oil off our coasts. The sad truth is that the policy the Newt Gingrich has called “Drill here, drill now” is having an impact on public opinion.
We must call even our usually environmental Senators and tell them to oppose lifting the moratorium on off-shore drilling.
Thomas Friedman, writing in the New York Times on Aug.1, called the Republican plan to lower gas prices by lifting the ban on off-shore oil drilling “cynical” and “junk science” and said further:
“A McCain campaign ad says that gas prices are high
right now because ‘some in
“Now for the bad news: sheer irresponsibility may be a winning political strategy.
“Mr. McCain’s claim that opponents of offshore drilling
are responsible for high gas prices is ridiculous.... Yet Mr. McCain’s gambit
seems nonetheless to be working: public support for ending restrictions on
drilling has risen sharply, with roughly half of voters saying that increased
offshore drilling would reduce gas prices within a year.” Thomas Friedman,
In the last seven years, 70 million acres have been offered in the
Alaskan Arctic for oil and gas drilling, and an additional 40 million acres in the
Oil companies claim is that off-shore drilling is completely safe today and causes no spills. In fact, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita alone caused 150 oil spills, according to the NRDC.
The main reason to Call Senators Obama and Durbin is to let them know that the public understands that the answer to high energy prices is raising fuel economy standards and that putting our beaches and marine wildlife at risk to feed our addiction to oil is bad policy.
Thanks you for all you do!
Bluestem Action Alert Chairs.