Photo Credit: NOAA Article on McClatchy DC by: Vera Bergengruen WASHINGTON – The looming possibility of offshore drilling just 50 miles from South Carolina’s coastline could find more than one presidential candidate looking out of their depth as the state’s February primaries approach. Coastal communities, businesses and lawmakers across the state have been taking sides for months […]
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Call me Sam. I’m on a heroic, Homeric journey that’s taken me down this great river to the sea and then several years in the ocean where I became a voracious predator of krill and shrimp and fellow fish and then unerringly returned as an older and wiser salmon to these my natal waters. I have fought past the nets of death dropped by the hairless apes and up torrential rapids and escaped the talons and claws of eagles and bears, seeing many of my comrades dragged off into the sky. But I’m finally about to get lucky and spawn till I die here upon the river’s pebbly redds from whence my nutrient essence will spread through the forest in the form of bear scat and uneaten remains until every tall tree contains some salmon soul within …
I’m stoked about what’s going on at Blue Frontier but even more concerned about the state of our ocean. Just last month while snorkeling in Hawaii I witnessed reefs turned skeletal white by coral bleaching. We’re now in the third global bleaching event since 1998 caused by warming oceans driven by the burning of fossil fuels. That’s why I’m incensed that new offshore oil drilling has been proposed for the Arctic Ocean and along our Atlantic coastline. And that’s why, with your help, I want to make this a major campaign issue in 2016, so we can stop the drilling and move on to clean, renewable job-generating energy. Besides, no solar or wind spill ever threatened to destroy your favorite beach.
So what do conservative Reps. Curt Clawson of Florida and Mark Sanford of South Carolina, liberal Rep. Sam Farr of California, climate activist Bill McKibben, a former petroleum engineer, an evangelical minister and a surfer all have in common? No, it’s not a joke. They all spoke out against offshore oil and gas drilling at a press conference earlier this month for the newly formed Sea Party Coalition. The Sea Party aims to make opposition to proposed offshore drilling a major issue in 2016.
The day before President Obama rejected the terrible idea of pumping oil tar sands through the Keystone Pipeline he signed into law a bill to protect our ocean from illegal, unregulated and unreported (pirate) fishing. Blue Frontier is particularly thrilled not only because it’s the right thing for our ocean (as is getting off of […]