The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the third bill in a series of three fast-track drilling pieces that favors Big Oil profits over safety of coastal communities and environments. H.R. 1231 does not solve our gas price problem, but it does put at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs that rely on clean coastal waters. It also threatens thousands of miles of coastal habitat and exposes countless bird and marine species to the dangers of offshore drilling.
Posts Tagged: Rodger Schlickeisen
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the first in a series of three bills that mandates the acceleration of the offshore drilling permitting process and opens up new areas to oil and gas drilling, including offshore along the coasts of California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida and in the Arctic Ocean. Hear what Defenders’ president and CEO Rodger Schlickeisen had to say.
In President Obama’s acknowledgment today of the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil disaster, he failed to mention the enormous losses sustained by the Gulf ecosystem – not only to a fishing-dependent economy but to the thousands of animals killed or harmed by toxic oil and dispersants that persist in natural habitats even today.
In a vote of 255-172, the U.S. House approved a bill offered by Representative Fred Upton which completely strips EPA of all ability to regulate greenhouse gases and safeguard the nation from the impacts of climate change.
As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) comes under attack this week, Defenders’ President and CEO Rodger Schlickeisen says, “President Obama: Stand firm behind EPA.”