News on the oil spill

With the gulf oil spill looming overhead,our friends over at Environment North Carolina went to Wilimington yesterday for public hearings that focused on offshore drilling exploration in NC waters. Here's what they had to say.

“It makes no sense to threaten the Outer Banks--and the rest of our coast--for a few months worth of oil and gas,” said Ouzts. “Instead when we should unleash the real energy independence solutions: wind power, solar power, clean fuels, and efficiency.”

Unfortunately,President Obama is not getting the message. At a press conference today he told reporters that “I continue to believe that domestic oil production is an important part of our overall strategy for energy security." Of course it's unrealistic to believe we can totally eliminate our off-shore drilling industry, but now is the time to highlight the risks associated with fossil fuels.

David Axelrod told us that the President's offshore drilling plan will be postponed until a comprehensive review of the spill has been completed. This is good news, but once again it seems like the President is missing a great opportunity to present alternative fuels as a solution.

On another front it looks like we have an ally in Senator Bill Nelson(D-Fla.)Here's what politico had to say earlier today.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is calling for a halt to all oil exploration off the U.S. coasts. Nelson also urged Obama to impose an immediate halt to any other test wells and exploratory activity in coastal waters until the federal investigation into the cause of the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion is complete.

He said he was introducing legislation to temporarily prohibit the Interior Department from exercising its authority to expand drilling and suggested a congressional inquiry could be launched into whether the government made sure there were appropriate contingencies in place to prevent a major oil spill.

We've been hearing reports that oil from Deep horizon is starting to hit the shore. Check out the NY Times to see how it will effect coastal wildlife.

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