Seattle Boycott BP Rolling Action Tomorrow 8:30AM-1PM

For Immediate Release

Backbone Campaign
Contact: 

Bill Moyer, Executive Director 206-356-9980 bill@backbonecampaign.org

Seattle Boycott BP Rolling Action Tomorrow 8:30AM-1PM

SEATTLE - Due
to the recent Ecotrocities in the Gulf
of Mexico, the Backbone
Campaign
is
instigating a rolling creative action in
Seattle tomorrow - Friday, May
14, from 8:30am-1pm. The events are part of
a national mobilization
called by Rising
Tide.

As the country recoils in horror at the
news that not 1,000 - not
5,000 - but perhaps 25,000 barrels of oil per
day are gushing into
ocean waters poisoning the Gulf of Mexico, it
is imperative that
citizens of the US and the planet take
immediate action. We stand in
shock, appalled at the unfolding,
unprecedented, and
totally avoidable defilement of the Gulf of
Mexico and connected
ecosystems.

It is unforgivable
that our environment has been put in such
jeopardy by our elected
officials, agencies, and the extractive
corporations who place power
and profit before all else. It is time to
shift the national dialogue
away from Wall Street dependent solutions,
self-regulation and time to
call for true governmental and corporate
accountability as well as
assess fossil fuels for their true cost.

We accept our shared responsibility as
consumers and citizens within
this society. But our choices have been
impaired by regressive public
policy. Only bold action that invests
in our society's rapid
transition away from the current folly of a
fossil fuel based economy
is required and overdue.

On Friday we will lead by example and call on
our elected
representatives to exercise their full power
and capacity to:

  • Guarantee that BP America Inc. and its
    collaborating companies
    Halliburton, and Transocean be held to full
    account for the ecological
    atrocities they have committed; that their
    corporate charters be
    revoked; and their assets be dedicated to
    healing the damage they
    have caused and the transition to a fossil
    fuel free future.
  • That offshore drilling be banned and
    the other ecologically
    dangerous exploration and extractive
    activities be reassessed with a
    more realistic assessment of their potential
    to do harm.
  • Introduce a CARBON TAX and REFUND bill
    into the current US
    Congress and tirelessly support such
    legislation to ensure that fossil
    fuels be assessed at their true cost. (Model
    legislation can be found
    at www.CARBONTAX.ORG
    and more explanation below.)
  • That local officials and WA State
    legislators stop allowing
    banks, utilities, and power companies to
    dictate and stonewall
    aggressive transition to clean renewable
    energy development.

We invite you to witness our visually rich
presentations tomorrow
throughout the city of Seattle. Photos of a
recent Boulder, CO action
using Backbone Campaign skills and imagery
can be seen HERE.

 

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