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Without a doubt, the ongoing oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is a painful reminder that the nation's energy system is broken.  In response, long-time NRDC trustee Robert Redford has created a powerful new public service announcement calling on the Obama administration to help get America off oil and jumpstart a clean energy future.

NRDC cheered President Obama’s announcement yesterday that he is extending the moratorium on offshore drilling and blocking lease sales off the coasts of Virginia, Florida and Alaska.  NRDC's president Frances Beinecke called these "forceful steps" that will help protect America’s marine life and coastal communities in the immediate aftermath of the BP oil spill disaster.  She also urged the President to look beyond the current catastrophe to tackle the root cause of the tragedy in the Gulf, noting

We can blame BP for the disaster, and we should.  We can blame lack of adequate government oversight for the disaster, and we should.  But in the end, we also must place the blame where it originated: America’s addiction to oil...Americans feel sickened by watching the Gulf of Mexico get destroyed.  They want to see the disaster clean up and to create a future where this kind of tradeoff is no longer necessary.  President Obama can guide the way.

Without a doubt, the ongoing oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is a painful reminder that the nation's energy system is broken.  In response, long-time NRDC trustee Robert Redford has created a powerful new public service announcement calling on the Obama administration to help get America off oil and jumpstart a clean energy future.

The only way to guarantee that we can avoid future disasters like the one in the gulf is to minimize our reliance on oil.  Comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation would reduce demand for oil, promote innovative new technologies and create an incentive to get the oil we do need from existing onshore wells.  Instead of sending billions of taxpayer dollars overseas to hostile governments, our leaders should be investing that money here at home in American technology.  We need President Obama to lead America to a clean energy future by working with the Senate to develop and pass strong comprehensive energy and climate legislation.

Join Robert Redford in calling on President Obama to help jumpstart a clean energy revolution.  Watch the PSA, and then send a message urging President Obama to lead America to a clean energy future by working with the Senate to develop and pass strong legislation that cuts our dependence on oil, puts a limit on global warming pollution and ensures another oil spill disaster doesn't happen again.

As Redford says in the video, "America needs safe, clean, renewable energy -- not more oil spills."

Originally posted to rperks on Fri May 28, 2010 at 07:17 AM PDT.

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  •  Everyone talks about the energy side (2+ / 0-)
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    Radical def, RLMiller

    of the issue, and that's well and good when talking about the power grid.  Wind and solar can be developed in a time frame to do away with oil and coal in a decade.  

    However, no one talks about the technology side when it comes to energy, especially with regards to transportation.  We have hybrids, and the emerging electric car market, but what about trucks?  Heavy rail?  Buses? Ships?  Airplanes?  

    We can't rely on oil made from vegetation because we will eventually need that vegetation for FOOD.

    If we can get an electric 777 that can fly from New York to Beijing nonstop, or a solar powered 2-mile long freight train, that will be super.  Until then, we need to also focus on the technology that will free us from oil.  We can't eliminate oil until we develop the technology that will let us.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Fri May 28, 2010 at 07:27:36 AM PDT

    •  Overland (1+ / 0-)
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      KS Rose

      air travel is unsustainable.  Economically, and ecologically.

      We need a Manhattan Project sized initiative to create non-petroleum powered high speed rail from coast to coast.  

      It's one thing to take a plane over an ocean.  Another altogether to take one over a distance that could be traversed in 5 hours in a car.

      Master's degreed tri-lingual professional looking for work. Email in profile.

      by pvlb on Fri May 28, 2010 at 08:00:33 AM PDT

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      •  Consider these numbers (0+ / 0-)

        energy efficiency as fuel MPG equivalents:

        jet aircraft  ~ 40 MPG

        average U.S. light rail  ~ 17 MPG

        average U.S. heavy rail  ~ 33 MPG

        N.Y. subway  ~ 46 MPG

        East Rail Japan is in the high 70s MPG, partially because they really pack people into their cars, and partly because they have fairly long distances between stops on much of their runs.

        Source, add try to read the whole thing - the writer is a proponent of mass transit and alternative transportation and used government numbers on transportation energy costs, and was surprised by the results.

    •  Reduce transportation "need": local self-reliance (1+ / 0-)
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      We don't need to transport anywhere near so much goods over such long distances.

      Locally produced and distributed food and other commodities can very substantially reduce long-distance transportation "needs".

      Indeed, conservation is the real key, I think...so much energy, food, water, etc is wasted, or consumed unnecessarily.

      This is not about a reduction in "standard of living", but about vastly improving it, with rational measures, for a more comfortable, safer, cleaner, less costly, more aesthetically appealing life...

      We can, and must do this.  

      The ice caps are melting.  

      Bring the Better Democrats!

      All Out for 2010 and 2012!

      "...a printing press is worth 10,000 rifles..." Ho Chi Minh

      by Radical def on Fri May 28, 2010 at 08:30:49 AM PDT

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  •  anyone who hasn't yet seen the ad (4+ / 0-)

    needs to do so, for the link between Oilpocalypse and the climate.

    Chukchi Sea walruses & seals thank all who pressured Salazar to delay permits to Shell/twittering RL_Miller

    by RLMiller on Fri May 28, 2010 at 07:29:20 AM PDT

  •  I'm pretty sure he already is (1+ / 0-)
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    but I guess he'll appreciate the note of support.

    The truth is wordless. Words, at their best, are only a doorway.

    by Troubadour on Fri May 28, 2010 at 07:35:03 AM PDT

  •  We need more outrage from environmentalists (4+ / 0-)
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    Instead all I hear is, "Obama's our guy and at least he's better than Bush or Palin. Nothing to see here, nothing to criticize."

    If Bush had given as lame a press conference as Obama did yesterday -- not knowing the details of the Birnbaum firing, not knowing that the top kill had been paused for hours, trotting out his daughter for a clumsy anecdote at the end -- my email inbox would be full of solicitations and diatribes against the administration.

    But all I hear is crickets from the environmental community over this disaster. Why?

    Even setting aside the obvious lethargy on the part of the Obama admin -- allowing the Coast Guard to run the PR show, when obviously they're in bed with BP and have been all along, etc. -- there's what Redford says: An opportunity is being missed to pivot large-scale away from the status quo.

    Where is the leadership? And why is the left so complacent about Obama's obvious disengagement on not only the spill itself, but on energy policy? Why isn't there more outrage over his call for offshore drilling in the first place?

    I don't get it.

    •  Where is the leadership? (1+ / 0-)
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      The leadership is in bed with the status quo.

      Anne Frank, "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to change the world."

      by allenjo on Fri May 28, 2010 at 08:36:20 AM PDT

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      •  The leadership of the masses... (0+ / 0-)

        is what we must recognize, and follow.  

        Unprecedented numbers of youth, and virtually all peoples of color have rejected both the subjective absolutist negativity of the Republicans, AND the calls from many elements of the "left" for boycott and vote splitting.

        The masses voted with their feet, by marching to the polls, to elect Obama, more better Democratic Majorities, and a larger Progressive Caucus, in response to an explicit rhetoric of justice and peace, to save the planet.

        Is it socialist utopia, yet?  It's not over. The struggle continues.

        The "left" needs to get on the bus, and respect the popular democratic will,  to seize the power, democratically, electorally...like many of our comrades in Latin America have done.

        This is not about blindly accepting the "leadership" of either the monopoly corporate fascist pigs, OR the bourgeois "liberals".  

        It's about pressing the contradictions in a principled manner, toward a material goal, to seize the power.  The people have spoken.  We want democracy.

        If anyone can do this, we can.

        This is the USA, and we will not be denied.

        Seize the time!

        Seize the power!

        Bring the Better Democrats!

        All Out for 2010 and 2012!

        SiskDef

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        "...a printing press is worth 10,000 rifles..." Ho Chi Minh

        by Radical def on Fri May 28, 2010 at 11:25:19 AM PDT

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    •  I feel ya...but (0+ / 0-)

      Obama, the Progressive Caucus, environmentalists, social and economic justice advocates, etc, remain captive to the real politik of a remnant Blue Dog and Republican plurality that yet and still retains, JUST BARELY, enough votes to block, delay and sabotage motion on virtually every front.

      Just a few more Progressives and a few less Blue Dogs and Republicans in government will shift the balance of power very substantially in our favor, and that's our only hope, for justice and peace, to save the planet.

      Absolutist idealist angst and cynical defeatism will not change the present real politik...only direct action, explicitly aimed at mobilizing the electorate, to seize the power, to purge and suppress the right, democratically, electorally, offers any material hope for change.

      So...by all means, press the contradictions, but let's get real.  Hand-wringing negativity is not what we really need right now.  Keep your eye on the prize: democracy is the only solution.  

      This is NOT about blind, absolute, unquestioning support for Obama, but neither is it about indiscriminately absolutely slagging him and "teh Dems" for the obstructionism of the Blue Dogs and Republicans.  

      We need to call Obama's bluff, if that's what it is, about "make me"...and the only way we can really do that is to give him the juice, the backup, and yes, the  material pressure, of a more substantial Progressive plurality in the House and Senate, and on down the ladders of power to the state and local levels.

      Bring the Better Democrats!

      All Out for 2010 and 2012!

      "...a printing press is worth 10,000 rifles..." Ho Chi Minh

      by Radical def on Fri May 28, 2010 at 09:38:24 AM PDT

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  •  President Obama (3+ / 0-)
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    We got your back, dude, go for it!!!!!

    I'm going to keep repeating this over and over.

    Before you support war, look into the hollow eyes of the men, women and children who know it.

    by Indiana Bob on Fri May 28, 2010 at 07:48:24 AM PDT

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