Greens to Obama: Gulf spill should kill ‘Drill, baby, drill’; BP & Halliburton must be held liable for spill costs

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President Obama must cancel his plans for Atlantic and Alaskan offshore drilling, and hold BP and Halliburton liable for the Gulf spill’s damage, say Greens

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WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders called on President Obama to
cancel his call for offshore drilling in US waters off the Atlantic and Alaskan coasts, as the spreading British Petroleum oil spill threatens ecosystems and public health in the Gulf region. Greens also urged the President to hold BP and Halliburton liable for all costs associated with the spill.

On Friday, President Obama signaled that his administration is not
reconsidering plans to expand offshore drilling in the wake of the Gulf spill (“Obama won’t back off drilling plans, but pledges safeguards,” McClatchy Newspapers,

“President Obama’s reluctance to set aside his offshore drilling proposal is comparable to the reckless disregard shown by President George W. Bush and other public officials before and after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast,” said Miriam Gennari, Green Party candidate for Arlington County, Virginia, School Board.

“No technology can guarantee complete safety from a spill. According
to an assessment by Minerals Management Service of the damage to
offshore oil and gas infrastructure caused by Hurricanes Katrina and
Rita, 183 pipelines were damaged and 113 platforms were destroyed, with six spills of 1,000 or more reported (“MMS Updates Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Damage,” May 1, 2006, The 167 million
acres of ocean near the Atlantic and Alaskan shores will be vulnerable to the same disaster that the Gulf states are facing right now,” said Ms. Gennari.

Greens said that President Obama’s capitulations to energy lobbies,
including a plan to construct new nuclear power plants
( and his support for “clean coal” while refusing to seek a halt to mountaintop removal
mining, have surpassed those of President Bush, a former oil executive
and enthusiastic ally of such industries.

The Green Party supports much stricter federal regulation of fossil
fuel extraction and nuclear power, to protect workers, communities,
and ecosystems, and an end to public subsidies for fossil fuel and nuclear industries. Greens have warned about the consequences of economic and environmental policies promoted by these industries to guarantee their own profits at public expense. Many Greens favor a moratorium on offshore drilling operations until tighter regulations and adequate insurance (not just BP’s self-insurance policy) are in place.

“President Obama wants to establish a bipartisan alliance with ‘drill, baby, drill’ Republicans to boost oil industry profits while trying to end US dependence on foreign oil sources. But the problem isn’t just foreign oil. It’s all fossil fuels, which have proven disastrous in the short term, with the BP spill threatening the Gulf coast, and in the long term as we face global climate change. Democratic Party
leaders deserves sharp criticism for their refusal to renew annual bans on offshore drilling beginning in 2008,” said Audrey Clement, co-chair of the Green Party of Virginia (
and co-chair of the national party’s EcoAction Committee

Greens insisted that BP and Halliburton, the oilfield-services company that handled the rig’s cementing process, be held financially liable for the effects of the spill.

“No amount of money can possibly compensate for the lives lost and the
damages caused by this disaster, which will be felt for years to come,” said Michael Canney, spokesperson for the Green Party of Florida ( and green energy advocate.
“Taxpayers and Gulf Coast residents must not be left holding the bag
for cleanup costs and damages. BP and Halliburton must be held
accountable, even if it means impounding their assets to ensure these bills get paid.”

On Thursday, April 29, the Green Party of Florida asked President Obama and Florida Governor Charlie Crist to declare a state of emergency as dead birds and chemical odors were reported along the state’s Gulf coast, and in anticipation of greater damage to beaches and other coastal areas (


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8 thoughts on “Greens to Obama: Gulf spill should kill ‘Drill, baby, drill’; BP & Halliburton must be held liable for spill costs

  1. Green Party Conservative

    Thank you for this excellent Green Party news.

    Here’s more promising news from the Green Party..

    Colombia: Expectations for Green Party Rises

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  2. Green Party Conservative

    RAY HANANIA writes about the Green Party tonight in the Southwest News-Herald – City & Suburban.

    “Voters can help …. The Green Party, and support a very qualified but underfunded, under-supported and not very good at PR candidate, Rich Whitney. (Don’t get me wrong. Whitney is a good candidate, but the Green Party has major issues, including the inability to do what Cohen, an outsider did. And that is to win a major nomination in a major party.)

  3. Just the tip of the ice berg .......... Lake

    UK election: Lib Dems’ plans for the STFC

    5 May 2010

    Evan Harris is the science spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, and parliamentary candidate for Oxford West & Abingdon

    In Nick Clegg’s letter to the Campaign for Science and Engineering, the Liberal Democrats promised to tell the scientific community what our plans for the Science and Technology Funding Council (STFC) are. So here we go. I won’t keep you long – we’ve got an election to fight!

    Brian Cox has done an excellent job on this blog of outlining the extent to which the government has let down UK physics, leading to the crisis in funding at the STFC, so I won’t go into too many details. But for those of us new to the story, the problem is essentially one of diabolically poor planning.”

  4. Green Party Conservative

    Green Party Watch reporting tonight

    Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and war correspondent, makes favorable mention of the Green Party in his recent column for Truthdig about the state of the peace movement, “No One Cares”.

    We sustain these wars, which have no real popular support, by borrowing trillions of dollars that can never be repaid, even as we close schools, states go into bankruptcy, social services are cut, our infrastructure crumbles, tens of millions of Americans are reduced to poverty, and real unemployment approaches 17 percent. Collective, suicidal inertia rolls us forward toward national insolvency and the collapse of empire. And we do not protest. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups such as Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Green Party and Code Pink, is dead.

  5. Jon

    Why not hold all accountable? Schlumberger, Weatherford, MI-SWACO, GE(Vetco Grey), Cameron, Transocean ect too? They all worked on the well.

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