Statement from 1Sky Campaign Director Gillian Caldwell on President Obama’s Remarks on Domestic Offshore Oil Drilling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 31, 2010
Contact: Molly Haigh, 301-270-4550 ext. 230 or molly@1sky.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31st, 2010
Contact: Alex Posorske, 1Sky: (301) 270-4550 x230; alex@1sky.org

Takoma Park, MD – 1Sky Campaign Director Gillian Caldwell issued the following statement today in response to President Barack Obama’s announcement on offshore oil drilling:

“1Sky is deeply disappointed to hear President Obama announce today his commitment to lifting a 20-year old ban on offshore oil drilling by proposing new drilling in waters from Delaware to Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico, and in parts of Alaska.

This dramatic increase of the scope of offshore drilling throughout the coastal United States puts our fragile coastal environments, as well as billions of tourism dollars, at risk -- while still doing relatively little to address our long term energy challenge or our race against time to fight runaway climate change.

A truly bold and visionary step forward on energy policy from President Obama would unleash the power of renewable energies like wind, solar and geothermal to transform our economy, create millions of clean energy jobs, fight climate change, and transition us away from the dirty fuels of the past like oil and coal. President Obama's announcement today will do none of that, and, ironically, may jeopardize as much support as it gains in the fight to pass climate and energy reform through the Senate this spring.

This is clearly not the kind of movement that our country and planet so desperately need – nor is it the direction that President Obama has himself called for in other, more productive moments in the first two years of his administration.”

1Sky is a collaborative national campaign for strong federal action to tackle global climate change and invest in building the clean energy economy of the future. As one of the largest national climate campaigns in the country, 1Sky combines the force of more than 647 allied organizations, more than 216,000 committed climate advocates, 4307 volunteer Climate Precinct Captains covering more than 400 congressional districts in 50 states, and a team of 24, including 9 organizers and 8 regional coordinators in 20 states working to mobilize constituent support.
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1Sky is a collaborative national campaign for strong federal action to tackle global climate change and invest in building the clean energy economy of the future. As one of the largest national climate campaigns in the country, 1Sky combines the force of more than 647 allied organizations, more than 216,000 committed climate advocates, 4307 volunteer Climate Precinct Captains covering more than 400 congressional districts in 50 states, and a team of 24, including 9 organizers and 8 regional coordinators in 20 states working to mobilize constituent support.