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Friday was the Second Anniversary of the BP Oil Spill – Vacation Land? Yes According to BP

Audubon is asking that everyone acknowledge this day by walking to work or carpooling or hoping on your bike or taking transit.

They are dedicating this week to “taking action to restore the Gulf to health, to help prevent future disasters, and to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.”
From their email:

The Gulf Still Needs Us
The birds, other wildlife, and local communities along the Gulf are still struggling to recover. The full impact of the disaster is yet to be known. What we do know is this: billions of birds migrate through the Gulf region every year. It is home to a vast diversity of wildlife and, of course, millions of people. We owe it to the people and the wild creatures of the Gulf to:

Make sure BP’s fines are dedicated to restoring the Gulf ecosystem;
Apply the lessons from the disaster to future drilling endeavors; and
Work as a nation to reduce the need for drilling by cutting our fossil fuel use.

This message is especially important to those of us in BC who are determined to not see oil tankers in our pristine coastal waters. The images of the BP oil spill remain burned in my mind, and as disturbing as they are, I hold on to them because I know that Joe Oliver, and the Alberta and Harper government have a huge PR machine and are spending countless dollars on pushing the Endbridge Project through.
We can’t let this happen, and if you need a reminder as to why, think BP.

BP gave 30 million to their PR campaign…and continue to lie to people around the world: BP Oil Spill Two Years Later

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Throw a Party for the Birds!

Throw a Party for the Birds of the Gulf
Want to help the birds and wildlife of the Gulf? Throw a house party or host another type of event to educate your neighbors and take action to help direct BP penalty money to restoration.

We’ll send you a kit with a gorgeous 24-minute video produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on the importance of the Mississippi, our own compelling video on how Audubon volunteers hit the ground to help the birds impacted by the spill, postcards you can send to your elected officials asking for the resources needed to restore habitat in the Gulf for wildlife and more!

Kits will ship in mid-April in time to use for the anniversary of the spill, (April 20th will mark the one year anniversary of the BP disaster), but you can use these materials any time to spread the word. If you are interested in reserving one of these kits, please email Audubon here. We ask that you cover the $5 for shipping, but the impact your efforts will have is priceless!

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Says No to Offshore Drilling – Good Outcome from Disaster

Governor of California Protects Coast From Future Oil Spills

I woke up to great news this morning proving that sometimes good can come of bad. California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has reversed his decision to allow offshore drilling on the California Coast, this in spite of the pressure to sacrifice the oceans to cover a 20 billion dollar deficit. It takes courage to make a decision this monumental in support of our environment.

It was TV images of the Gulf Oil Leak that changed his mind. The “Terminator” has a big heart.

“If I have a choice to make up $100 million and what I see in Gulf of Mexico, I’d rather find a way to make up that $100 million,” he said.

Memories of the 1969 spill of the coast still haunt west coasters and I for one, applaud the governor for following his conscience and doing what is right.

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Sometimes I am Ashamed to be a Human Being (But at Least I’m Not Tony Hayward)

Earlier this evening, I was on the treadmill working hard at losing the weight I put on when I fell off that bad pony last summer and broke myself. I had my MP3 on, but a there was a TV right in front of me and the news was on (which at first seemed like a blessing because usually the boys in the gym rule the media and it’s WWF or something equally inane).

Anyway…

I have been avoiding anything about the oil spill and BP – visit their website and you’d think they were environmentalists; they’ve got some awesome designers and content providers who really know how to spin. So, when Exon Valdez happened, I felt pretty sick about that and when the BC Government fought for drilling off Haida Gwaii and we let them I felt we’d lost our way and when the oil spill happened last year at Robson’s Blight it scared me in a way that I didn’t understand. I felt helpless and hopeless.

And yet, we keep hearing that drilling offshore will have a minimal risk for the oceans and in the end for us.

And now this. The BP Oil Spill 2010…do you know how many marine mammals will die because of this? Think about plankton and fish and those beautiful sea birds who don’t know what’s coming their way…

Obama has put a moratorium on off shore drilling.

We should too.
This should not be something we have to think about for more than a nano second.

Back to the news. This is what they said after showing obscene footage of the BP spill as it approached the shores of Louisiana (we are talking about millions of litres of oil and BP will cover that up, I promise you:

How Will Oil Spill Effect the Price of Crude?”

How Serious is this? It Will Take Days for the Markets to Answer This Question.

News Flash for all of you who think this is about cash. Those marine mammals and birds and fish and other ocean dwellers already know how serious this spill is; especially the ones almost dead or the ones choking on the oil slick.

So, when you vote for our next government, think about our Orca Whales and Pacific White Sided Dolphins and sea birds. They can’t. Their lives are in our hands. Too bad for them.

Honestly, there are times when I am ashamed to be a human being.

I Guess I Don't Count

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