05 Apr '11, 2pm

The Best Way for Obama to Mark BP Spill Anniversary Is to Commit to Preventing Another Disaster

The one-year anniversary of the BP oil disaster is fast approaching. Together with a thirteen other environmental leaders, I just sent a letter to President Obama urging him to observe this day by taking concrete action to prevent another catastrophic oil spill. Without a real commitment to solve the problems that caused the blowout, official ceremonies to mark April 20 will become hollow affairs. Residents of the Gulf Coast don’t need to be reminded of the anniversary of the spill. Many live with the fallout of April 20, 2010 every day. Hotel owners are still offering deep discounts to lure Spring Break vacationers. Residents who came into contact with oil or dispersants talk about persistent unexplained symptoms such as rashes, chronic respiratory problems, fatigue, and headaches. And scientists have found that oil remains matted in marshes along Barataria Bay in Louisia...

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