11 November 2010 Never Forget: Stop the Next Oil Disaster Posted by: Elizabeth Kricfalusi | Leave a comment | Share: Thousands of imperiled birds, sea turtles, dolphins and other Gulf wildlife—and 11 people—died as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil explosion. This year’s Deepwater Horizon oil explosion was the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history. It killed 11 people, at least 6,000 birds, 600 threatened or endangered sea turtles and countless other species. It has decimated the local fishing industry. And its impacts will be felt for decades on beaches, national wildlife refuges and other sensitive ecosystems in states around the Gulf. Time is running out for Congress to act. Urge your representative and senators to pass the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability Act before Congress adjourns for the year. Big Oil clearly wants to delay action on this vital issue until the next Congress. They are counting on more pro-oil, anti-wildlife members to derail real reform and are counting on America forgetting the terrible tragedy that still afflicts the Gulf, its economy and its wildlife. Despite the catastrophic impacts of this disaster, Congress has so far failed to act to prevent the next awful oil disaster. Take action now, while there’s still time! It is high time for Congress to pass the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability Act, legislation that would: Ensure a major restoration effort and funding for Gulf Coast communities and ecosystems Protect oil rig workers with stronger safety standards Stop the rubber-stamping of industry plans Require greatly improved oil spill response capacity Eliminate liability caps for oil spill damages, so taxpayers aren’t stuck with the bill for disasters like the Deepwater Horizon oil explosion. With Congress set to adjourn for the year in just a few weeks, time is running out to pass legislation to protect our sea turtles, birds and other wildlife from the next offshore oil tragedy. Please take action now. Write your representative and senators today. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?