Washington, United States -Thursday 27 May 2010 - Greenpeace today welcomed President Obama’s sensible and encouraging first step in ensuring that the BP oil spill disaster can never happen again - but the “never” will only last for the next six months while his commission reaches a conclusion.
The President went some way towards exposing the root cause of this
disaster in highlighting the oil industry’s “cozy and sometimes
corrupt relationship” with government agencies responsible.
“As long as we continue to let oil companies like BP and Shell bully
politicians, write our energy laws and bribe regulators, we will
remain addicted to their dirty and dangerous fossil fuels. President
Obama should cut the polluter lobbyists out of the debate so we can
finally move toward a clean energy revolution that is good for the
country, not just for corporations,” said John Hocevar, Greenpeace US
oceans campaign director.
“The President’s six month suspensions of new drilling are a welcome
reprieve for the communities and animals that rely on those pristine
waters, but we need a permanent ban on all new offshore drilling, not
just in the Arctic but in all US waters. A ban on all new oil drilling
is the only way to avoid another spill disaster,” said Hocevar.
With only three percent of global reserves the US consumes 25 percent
of the world’s oil. The US will never drill its way to energy
independence or energy security. In contrast, clean energy can deliver
both. As the Greenpeace Advanced Energy [R]evolution Scenario (to be
launched in June 2010) shows it is possible to reduce US oil demand by
85 percent, and global demand by nearly 70 percent, by 2050.
“Americans will be left behind the rest of the world if President
Obama continues to allow big industry to determine this country’s
energy policy. It is abundantly clear that industry cannot be trusted
to protect us from oil spills, let alone protecting our energy
future,” said Hocevar. “Until President Obama gets over the notion ‘we
need the oil’, the nation will never get over our addiction to fossil
On Monday, seven Greenpeace activists used oil from Gulf oil disaster
to paint the message “Arctic Next?” on the bridge of a ship scheduled
to depart Port Fourchon, Louisiana to support the Frontier Discoverer
for Shell’s planned drilling operations. The activists are facing
felony charges for the peaceful protest, while not a single BP
executive has been charged for the devastation they have wrought on
the Gulf of Mexico and the people and animals that depend on it.
Joe Smyth, Greenpeace US Media Officer, + 1 831-566-5647,
Molly Dorozenski, Greenpeace US Media Officer, +1 917-864-3724
Jo Kuper, Greenpeace International communications (in Amsterdam) +31 6
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1. The Greenpeace ship the Esperanza is currently on an “Arctic under
Pressure” expedition. Working with leading scientists Greenpeace is
investigating ocean acidification and sea-ice melt in the Arctic