Faced with what threatens to become one of the greatest environmental disasters this country has ever seen, to demand anything less than a complete reevaluation by the administration of future offshore drilling plans would be to forfeit our rights as Americans and stakeholders in some of the nation’s most treasured lands.
Sen. Lieberman said of the Gulf spill, “I mean, accidents happen. You learn from them and you try to make sure they don’t happen again.” He said the draft bill would allow drilling as close as 75 miles from U.S. coastline.
Eleven human deaths. Dead sea turtles and fish washed ashore. Whales swimming through oily, toxic waters, poisoned as they surface for air. And potentially billions of dollars lost to already-struggling fishing- and tourism-dependent communities along the Gulf Coast. We’ve seen enough. It’s time to act.