state of the union

How BP Can Clear its Name: Invest 30% in Clean Energy

Posted Fri, Feb 4, 2011 by Oceana to bp, clean energy, deepwater horizon, gulf of mexico oil spill, obama, state of the union

Jackie Savitz is Oceana's Senior Campaign Director for Pollution Programs. This post originally appeared at the Huffington Post.

In the 7,000-word State of the Union, President Obama seemed to leave out two letters that loomed large in 2010. "B" and "P" -- the initials of the company that destroyed the lives and livelihoods of Gulf of Mexico residents and did immeasurable destruction to Gulf ecosystems.

But BP was there in spirit. Its campaign contributions helped get many members of Congress and Senators elected, it was implicated in the oil industry effort to paper Washington, D.C. metro stations with ads, and just the day before, the halls of Congress were filled with lobbyists and others clamoring for seats at the Oil Spill Commission hearings.

And while the President didn't say those two letters, BP was implicated in his statement that we need to get 80% of our energy from clean sources by 2035. Because who would be better than BP, a company tarred and feathered and now in need of a clean break, to help us build our clean energy portfolio so it can provide 80% of our electricity by 2035?


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Spotlight on Salmon in the SOTU

Posted Wed, Jan 26, 2011 by Emily Fisher to national ocean policy, president obama, state of the union

All eyes were on President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, and everyone was abuzz about who was sitting with whom, tie color, and economic competitiveness. But according to NPR, the three words that listeners used most to sum up the speech were “inspiring," “hopeful,” and “salmon.” Yes, salmon.

From the transcript:

“We live and do business in the Information Age, but the last major reorganization of the government happened in the age of black-and-white TV. There are 12 different agencies that deal with exports. There are at least five different agencies that deal with housing policy. Then there's my favorite example: The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they're in saltwater. (Laughter.) I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked. (Laughter and applause.)

President Obama’s salmon remark was amusing because it’s true. America’s oceans are managed under more than 140 laws implemented by 20 federal agencies. The National Ocean Policy, which Oceana has been working to promote, will help move us away from piecemeal, disjointed management.

The first meeting of the National Ocean Council was in November, and Oceana will continue to work with the Obama Administration to ensure that the oceans -- including salmon -- have a voice.


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