15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE EXXON VALDEZ-Andrew Stelzer
15 years ago today, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in the Prince William Sound in Alaska. The oil spill that resulted killed almost 300 thousand animals, making it one of the largest environmental disasters in US history. The incident brought the dangers of oil to the publics attention, but there are still 400 oil spills every year on Alaskaâ€™s north slope., and the Valdez spill is not completely cleaned up. The Sierra club brought together several groups today in Straub park in St Petersburg, to remind the public that the worlds dependence on oil is still just as dangerous now as it was when the Valdez disaster occurred..
ACT â€œtoday, on the anniversary of the Valdez, the administration hasâ€¦15 years laterâ€¦it should serve as a reminderâ€¦instead they pursue reckless policies.â€?
Darden Rice is with the sierra club.
ACT â€˜the bush administration has lacked the leadership â€¦car tucks SUVs, raise efficiency, raising standards..we can reach 40 miles to the gallon. More than 789 Valdez tanker trips.â€?
Tom Wheatly is with the Alaska Coalition, he says that because oil is such big business, both Alaska and Florida are in grave danger.
ACT â€œ15 years ago, the Exxon Valdezâ€¦we havenâ€™t done much to se it wouldnâ€™t happen, Arctic national wildlife refugeâ€¦Tom Delay supports drilling, so that they can open up gulf, if we had an oil spill, the economy would be devastated.â€?
Cameron Jones has a hybrid car, he says that Americans do have choices in their everyday lives, which can help save the environment before itâ€™s to late
ACT â€œthere seems to be a national goal by the Bush administration to harbor as much oil as possible, itâ€™s a way to get votes.â€?
Winnie Foster works with the sojourner Truth project in Saint Petersburg.he says that people must be aware of the effects of their actions.
ACT â€œIâ€™m a great grandmother, I think about the childrenâ€¦..weâ€™ve had a spill on our coastâ€¦everything revolves in this world around the way we use resources, and we have to be involved.â€?
After holding a press conference in Straub Park, about 20 people then went to the baywalk shopping center to educate the public about the anniversary of the Valdez oil spill, and the damage that Americaâ€™s dependence on oil is doing to America. People seemed to know the danger of oil, but not feel like there were any easy solutions.
Pablo ACT â€œoil is the only gas we have, until its finished, there is no other option.â€?
Me: if people said lets drill in the gulf, is that good or bad? Id say no , if something happens, we die completely.â€?
ACT â€œMe: when theyre dine teaching the lesson about oil, do you feel like itâ€™s a good or bad thing? --Both, its for cars and food. What about the bad side? The bad parts are if it spills, it will kill animals which means we wont have food. So if you had a chance to vote, what would you say, because animals would die.â€?
ACT â€?I donâ€™t think that oils necessarily bad, but we need to be more efficientâ€¦.not just since Valdez, nut since 911 weâ€™ve become more conscious of it, we need to start being more conscious.â€?
A new website was launched today, with information and a new movie about oil Americas oil dependence, and alternatives which people can choose.that website address is www.notanothervaldezs.comcomments powered by Disqus