‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ Event in Poor Taste


• 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.

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

“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.”