For Immediate Release
On President Obama's Oval Office Speech
WASHINGTON - Friends of the Earth’s president, Erich Pica, had
the following response to President Obama’s speech from the Oval Office
"President Obama said some of the right things tonight when he
promised to hold BP accountable, to reform the agency that regulates
offshore drilling, and to move our nation away from the oil dependence
that led to this spill.
"However, the President failed to use this speech to call on
Americans to meet their individual responsibility to help solve this
problem. Each of us has a moral duty to reduce our consumption of oil,
and a responsibility that comes with citizenship to make elected
officials do the right thing.
“We appreciate the President’s call tonight for policies that will
generate more clean energy, but it is important to note that much of
the energy legislation now being considered in Congress has been unduly
influenced by polluting industries and will not get us to this goal.
“The President can and should go further in fighting the polluter
lobbyists whose influence is at the root of our energy problems.
Reforming the Minerals Management Service is a necessary, but not
sufficient, step. Lobbyists from all dirty energy industries, not just
oil, must be shown the door, and regulatory agencies that oversee coal
mining, nuclear reactors and corporate agribusiness must also be
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