It’s been a tough week. First the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, then Senator Lindsey Graham declares the energy bill dead for the foreseeable future, then a major scandal is exposed by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Washington Post: In 2009, the Department of the Interior exempted BP from environmental review of its plans to commence offshore drilling at Deepwater Horizon; in other words, government regulators gave BP a lease without requiring it to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
It’s pretty depressing when the government agency charged with protecting the environment from reckless oil and mineral development gives a major oil company a pass. If there’s an upside to all this, it’s that politicians are rethinking offshore oil drilling and contemplating safer alternatives for meeting our nations’ energy needs. From “drill, baby, drill” to “spill, baby, spill” to, we can only hope they arrive at the logical conclusion: “Shine, baby, shine.” At the risk of stating the obvious: Solar panels don’t explode, leak or require NEPA waivers.
We’ve asked a lot of you in the past few weeks–supporting Solar on the White House, celebrating a green Mother’s Day and reducing your carbon footprint. We’d like to thank you for all that you do, ask you to do one (well, maybe two) more itty bitty things and, in return, next week, we’ll devote this space to informing you about free and low-cost energy and water-saving devices for your home.
So here’s today’s ask:
1. Sign the Sierra Club petition to stop new offshore oil drilling.
Thanks, and Happy Mother’s Day. Have a great weekend!