The Progressive


A project of Common Dreams

For Immediate Release

Cat Lazaroff, (202) 772-3270

Caitlin Leutwiler, (202) 772-3226

"Drill, Baby, Drill" Event in Poor Taste

Press conference to be held today on Capitol Hill


The following is a statement by Bob Irvin,
senior vice president for conservation programs at Defenders of

"Holding this press conference today, in light of the ongoing Gulf oil
disaster, is like throwing a cocktail party to celebrate your
drunk-driving conviction.

"America needs to be looking forward to a clean energy future, not to an
increased dependence on the dirty, dangerous fuels that led us to the
ongoing catastrophe in the Gulf."


* Today, several Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives will
hold a press conference to advocate for more offshore drilling along
America's coastline.

* Oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster continues to spew into the
Gulf of Mexico at what is now thought to be 25,000-30,000 barrels of oil
a day - more than five times the amount of BP's original estimate of
5,000 barrels a day.

Defenders of Wildlife is the premier U.S.-based national conservation organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of imperiled species and their habitats in North America.

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