Thursday, June 10, 2010
"Love Your Coast"
A Peaceful Demonstration
at the Louisiana State Capitol in Response to the Deepwater Horizon Disaster
Baton Rouge, LA
June 17th and 18th, 2010
March from Old State Capitol begins at 11:30 am Friday.
Cyclists depart from LSU Clock Tower at 11:30 am.
RSVP on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110504152328383or search for "Coastal Rescue"
Who We Are
Dr. Riki Ott (author of Sound Truth and Corporate Myth and Not One Drop--on the impacts of Exxon Valdez)
Allison Fisher (Public Citizen, speaking on the long-term health and safety violations of BP)
John Clark (Loyola University New Orleans)
Vic Hummert (retired Catholic Missionary and Chaplain)
Kindra Arnesen, speaking on the health hazards of Fishermen
Other community leaders and impacted individuals
The Blue Eclipse
Volunteer and Educational Resources
Represented Organizations: OSHA, Electric Auto Association, Ducks Unlimited, Public Citizen, Structure Green, LiteSolar, LEAN, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Matter of Trust, Disaster Science Management Association, Murdered Gulf, American Birding Association
Love Your Coast Coalition Partners: Coastal Rescue, Youth Alliance of Louisiana Leaders (YALL), Sierra Club Delta Chapter, Baton Rouge Progressive Movement, Student Coalition to Help the Oil Leak Relief (SCHOLR)
Why We've Come Together
Our coastal wetlands are more than just a pretty sight--and it is more than just shrimp, turtles and pelicans that are at risk here. These wetlands have created and sustained the life, culture, and wealth of our region for time immemorial. We are all under threat. We must ensure that this will not happen again, so that we can preserve our unique environment and way of life for generations to come. We want our legislators to do everything in their power to clean and restore our coast and to prevent another catastrophic drilling disaster from happening in the future. We also want the public to understand the near and long-term impacts and risks associated with this spill, what they can do about it, and how we we can work together to make it through this.
Oil and gas are a vital part of our economy in Louisiana. But as we've seen from this recent tragedy, the costs of irresponsible energy policies are too high, both for ourselves and for the generations that will follow us. We need a solid commitment by our Legislators in Baton Rouge and our Congressmen in D.C. for safer drilling and clean energy development. Diversifying our energy mix and economy will create jobs, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, improve air quality and support the quality of life in Louisiana and throughout America.
How YOU Can Help
Sign petitions so we can show our officials that they have our support to act to begin to diversify our economy, enact better drilling oversight, and end Big Oil's influence over our government.
Make a contribution to support this effort. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about making a donation or in-kind contribution.
Plug in and get active with the people and organizations who are fighting for real, positive change in our state.
What We’re Asking For
- Support our leaders in their efforts to ensure that everything possible is being done to protect, clean, and restore our coasts, compensate coastal communities and fishermen, and that BP is held 100% accountable and pays the bill.
- We demand more responsible oversight of oil and gas extraction, including tougher safety and environmental oversight on drilling by state and federal authorities.
- Urge legislators to adopt a resolution to develop a comprehensive clean energy policy. This resolution can begin the development of a 2011 Bill that will prioritize alternative transportation, renewable utility generation, energy conservation and efficiency.
Friday, June 4, 2010
This is simply too much power.
We support legislation that gives Gulf Coast residents a share of oil revenues BEFORE 2017. As the federal moratorium on offshore drilling drains jobs from our economy, we also support legislation that would create jobs by implementing cleaner energy technologies through tax breaks and incentives.
We are not interested in getting sidetracked with partisan debates on energy politics; rather, we are deeply committed to preventing such catastrophes from happening here, or anywhere else, in the future. For this reason, we believe that energy companies should engage in SAFE drilling practices at depths that pose as little threat to marine and human life as possible.
We also believe that the true remedy to this problem lies in innovation and creativity.
The future of Louisiana should incorporate untapped natural gas reserves, harnessing the vast amount of sunshine into clean solar energy, and developing incentives for wind and alternative fuels. We support incentives for homeowners to implement green appliances, vehicles, materials, and energy. We support businesses who want to build hybrid battery and diesel engine factories in our state. This will create jobs by attracting businesses to the state and creating opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
In creating long-term goals of energy development, Louisiana will be positioned at the epicenter of energy technology. This kind of industry growth will provide jobs, create wealth, improve infrastructure, and help our lands become cleaner and safer. By focusing nearly exclusively on oil, the Gulf Coast states have missed out on opportunities to generate revenue from a booming energy industry.
The technology for clean energy already exists. So maybe while our coastline is recovering and healing, we should focus on more ways to expand our economy.
Because the parties responsible for this disaster have exploited our natural resources, we believe that they should receive justice. Fortunately, there are many paths to justice in the United States. Those responsible must pay for the damage they have caused: Our concern is that there simply isn't enough money to cover the damages to future generations. However, if we are smart and strategic, we can begin to plan for the future so that we can recover from this sooner rather than later.
We simply cannot allow ourselves to perish.
We also need solid contingency plans for hurricane season. Many have expressed concern about the dangers of life on the coast paired with the threats posed by nature's wrath. We would like to work with our state officials to make sure that nobody gets left behind, and so that we can minimize the harms should a storm wash ashore.