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BP Oil Spill a Crude Awakening for Washington and Industry

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Clean energy advocates attend Senate oil spill hearings to criticize Big Oil of destroying coasts, communities and the climate
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Contact: Ginger Cassady, Rainforest Action Network, 415.640.7155 (on-site cell)

Brianna Cayo Cotter, Rainforest Action Network, 415.305.1943

Washington, D.C. (5/11/10)— Today, Rainforest Action Network activists joined BP, Transocean and Halliburton at Senate hearings before both the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee to make sure the corporate giants were held accountable for their role in the disastrous oil spill ravaging the Gulf of Mexico. The activists attending the hearing held signs saying, “Big Oil profits, we pay” with black, oily tears painted on their faces. For live tweets of the hearing, follow @ChangeChevron.

“Big Oil must be held accountable for their role in destroying our coasts, communities and the climate,” said Ginger Cassady of the Rainforest Action Network, who was among those inside the hearings. “This tragic oil spill is not about one bad oil company making one mistake; this is about an unregulated industry that makes record profits at the expense of public and environmental health.”

In between the hearings, DC-area residents marched from the Department of Interior to the White House to present a 50-foot-long banner with the message, "President Obama: this is your crude awakening." The banner, signed by Gulf residents on Saturday, demanded that President Obama drop his dangerous support for offshore oil and gas drilling in favor of clean, renewable energy instead.

Since the initial oil rig explosion on April 20, millions of Americans have voiced outrage at what some are calling the worst environmental catastrophe in a generation. Approximately 3.3 million gallons have spilled so far threatening livelihoods, the environment and communities along the Gulf Coast.

"Safe, clean, and renewable are three words Big Oil can never say,” said Rebecca Tarbotton of Rainforest Action Network. “Now is the time for our President and Congress to regulate Big Oil’s reckless practices, and enact bold clean energy policies that break our dangerous addiction to fossil fuels.”

Transocean - whose executives were among those testifying Tuesday – is the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor. BP, Chevron and other oil industry giants contract with Transocean, and have spent millions on lobbying and campaign contributions to dilute safety and environmental regulations.

For more information, visit www.ChangeChevron.org <http://www.ChangeChevron.org> or www.RAN.org <http://www.RAN.org> .

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Rainforest Action Network runs hard-hitting campaigns to break North America’s fossil fuels addiction, protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights, and stop destructive investments around the world through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. For more information, please visit: www.ran.org

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