On May 27th, President Obama took important steps in response to BP's oil spill disaster in the Gulf. He ordered a six-month moratorium on permits for new deepwater drilling, suspended the planned exploration off the coast of Alaska and canceled lease sales in the western Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia. He also took action to change the culture and expectations for the Minerals Management Service and its regulation of the offshore drilling industry.
This is a clear response to the actions that you and many other ocean advocates have taken - thank you for all you've done! Pressure has also been applied by many of our champions in Congress - Senators Boxer, Cantwell, Nelson and Lautenberg, and Representatives Pallone, Holt, Castor, and Markey have all introduced legislation to ban new drilling or to improve Big Oil accountability.
This is not the time to rest, however. The BP Gulf oil spill is now the worst ever, with an estimated 2.5 millions gallons per day (the equivalent of one Exxon Valdez spill every four days). A disaster this big deserves an even bigger response. We must drive a paradigm shift that moves us away from offshore drilling and toward clean energy.
Please write to President Obama and ask him to reestablish the moratorium on new offshore drilling, to lead a strong climate bill to passage and to establish a National Ocean Policy to ensure that all federal agencies take a stewardship view when considering ocean resources.