Oceana Applauds Senate Rejection of Expanded Offshore Drilling
Oceana is relieved that the Senate voted to block the rapid and reckless expansion of offshore drilling proposed by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA). The amendment to the transportation bill failed 46—52. Oceana released the following statement from senior campaign director Jackie Savitz:
“It is encouraging that the majority of the Senate has not been duped by the oil and gas industry’s rhetoric. We simply cannot drill our way to low gas prices. The few places on our coasts that remain protected from drilling would not yield enough oil to lower gas prices. Even if that oil is produced, it would flow right into the global market—the oil industry is not offering us a local discount.
"The oil and gas industry is booming in the U.S. In 2011, U.S. oil production reached its highest levels since 2003, yet prices continue to soar. Big oil companies are among the richest companies in the world. U.S. Energy policy allows that to be the case without having to sacrifice more of our coasts to oil production.
"Since the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Congress has not passed a single law to improve offshore drilling safety, yet it continues to take vote after vote to expand offshore drilling into new, ecologically sensitive areas. It is time we took a step back and acknowledged how absurd this conversation has become. If we are serious about lowering the cost of energy, we need to improve efficiency, electrify our fleet, and transition to renewable sources like offshore wind.”
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Amid reports that oil industry-friendly former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz remains under consideration to return to his old post in the incoming Biden administration, a diverse coalition of environmental groups is mobilizing for an "all-out push" to keep Moniz away from the White House and demand a cabinet willing to boldly confront the corporations responsible for the climate emergency.
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Anger, anxiety, overwhelm … climate change can evoke intense feelings.
"It's easy to feel dwarfed in the context of such a global systemic issue," says psychologist Renée Lertzman.
She says that when people experience these feelings, they often shut down and push information away. So to encourage climate action, she advises not bombarding people with frightening facts.
"When we lead with information, we are actually unwittingly walking right into a situation that is set up to undermine our efforts," she says.
She says if you want to engage people on the topic, take a compassionate approach. Ask people what they know and want to learn. Then have a conversation.
This conversational approach may seem at odds with the urgency of the issue, but Lertzman says it can get results faster.
"When we take a compassion-based approach, we are actively disarming defenses so that people are actually more willing and able to respond and engage quicker," she says. "And we don't have time right now to mess around, and so I do actually come to this topic with a sense of urgency… We do not have time to not take this approach."
Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media
Reposted with permission from Yale Climate Connections.
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