Two weeks away from the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and what happens? A Spill! An oil tanker yesterday lost part of its load off the Australian coast after being blown off course by a cyclone, spilling about 22 tons of oil onto Brisbane's beaches.
Meanwhile, some politicians still continue to call for more drilling for oil off of our own coasts. There is too little oil off our shores to free ourselves from foreign oil, and any oil recovered would only amount to savings of pennies at the gas pump.
Expanded offshore drilling will mean that our oceans and coasts are at an increased risk from oil spills. What is there to prevent a catastrophe like this or another Valdez from destroying our oceans and coastlines?
It is quite simple. The Obama administration and Congress must reinstate the moratorium on offshore drilling and stop all drilling activities in the Arctic. Spills happen and we need to protect our coasts.
Maybe the front fell off...
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