Richard Charter, senior policy advisor for Marine Programs at Defenders of Wildlife, has worked on offshore oil drilling issues for over 30 years. Today’s news roundup takes a look at what he’s been saying about the Gulf oil disaster. “We’re dealing with what could become one of the most destructive oil spills in US history,”… Read more »
I have just returned from the Gulf of Mexico, where the growing disaster from the British Petroleum oil rig blowout threatens some of our most precious wildlife, fisheries and national wildlife refuges. Bearing witness to this epic environmental disaster as it slowly unfolds has been surreal to say the least. It seems impossible to believe… Read more »
Today the White House announced a set of priorities for emergency supplemental funding associated with the ongoing Gulf oil disaster. The package laudably focuses on steps to reassure consumers that seafood coming from the Gulf is safe, food aid and jobs assistance for people and communities affected by the oil spill, and raising liability caps and a 1 cent per gallon increase in the excise tax on oil companies to fund the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund that will eventually repay the cost to the taxpayer to clean up this mess.
However, on the day when the government announced that the first dead marine mammals affected by the spill have washed up on Gulf beaches, more needs to be done for wildlife.
Emergency Action: Tell the Senate to Pass Clean Climate Legislation… Without More Dangerous Offshore Drilling »
We must address the dual threats of climate change and our dependence on oil — and the oil spills that come with it — head-on, and we must do it now.
Today’s new round-up talks about the growing concern over the chemical dispersants being used and how little is known about how it will affect wildlife, sea mammals that are starting to wash up on shore, and how grooming your pet can help save wildlife.