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Weekly roundup 4/23: Obama's Earth Day speech, the latest oil spill, and more

23
Apr

Weekly roundup 4/23: Obama's Earth Day speech, the latest oil spill, and more

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This week’s roundup features many different Earth Day-related stories. President Obama gave a speech in the White House Rose Garden to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, in which he addressed many different climate-related issues. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of the co-authors of a soon-to-be-unveiled climate and energy bill, gave an in-depth interview to Politico. Finally, in more grave news, an oil platform off the Louisiana coast exploded and sank into the ocean, highlighting one of the many reasons we need to move away from dirty fossil fuels.

President Obama commemorated this year’s 40th anniversary of Earth day with a speech on the White House Rose Garden. In his speech, the President recounted the history of Earth Day and restated the importance of strong environmental policy. The President explained that strong climate legislation is not only necessary to improve the health of every American but is also an opportunity to employ millions of Americans in a growing green jobs market. Watch the speech:

In other news, Senator Graham was featured on an interview conducted by Politico. The Senator talked extensively about the climate legislation he is co-authoring and will be unveiled next week:

“If [businesses] don’t support it, we’re not going to get very far. The only way we will get 60 votes for energy and climate legislation is to have the American business community urge the Congress to act,” he said.

“To let this thing fall apart, which it obviously could, I think dooms the country to another decade of changes on the margin and fighting internally, and, by then, China is going to dominate the alternative energy market,” he added.

Business support for climate legislation is all well and good, but not at the expense of giveaways to dirty fossil fuel industries like oil and coal that fuel global warming and delay our transition to a clean energy economy. Watch the three part interview here.

Finally, in graver news, the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in a 1-by-5 mile spill around the area where the rig blew up recently. The rig has been burning for the past couple days and 11 people have gone missing while several people have died. The coast guard says that this incident still has the potential to be a catastrophic oil spill. Here's some video of the spill from CNN:

Yet another reason we desperately need to transition to a clean energy economy: the inherently unsafe nature of dirty fossil fuel industries that eventually causes so many lives to be needlessly lost.

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