When it comes to offshore oil and gas drilling, a politician’s party affiliation is normally a good indicator of his or her views on this controversial issue. For the most part, Republicans support drilling in U.S. waters. More often than not, Democrats (at least outside of Louisiana) are skeptical of, or outright opposed to, more […]
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“My umbilical is stuck,” MK1 Michael Pearsall reports. “Primary banks going down,” DV1 Geri Cabrera says from where she’s monitoring her fellow diver’s air, communications and depth on the XLDS (Extreme Lightweight Diving System). We’re on a Coast Guard pier in Alameda, Calif. It’s a hot, clear day, and we can see his bubbles about […]
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 […]
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.