Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sierra Club - Explore, enjoy and protect the planet

Dear Friends,

Some Big Oil friends in Congress are trying to claim that the oil industry can't afford common sense safeguards to protect our health, our shores, and our economy from future catastrophes like the BP oil disaster.

Well, guess what. Big Oil CAN afford it.

The quarterly profit reports released by the oil industry this week show huge gains for Big Oil companies.

Call your senators today and tell them it's time to start holding Big Oil accountable -- they can afford it.

Thanks to Sierra Club supporters like you, we've sent nearly 50,000 messages to the Senate calling for action on the Oil Spill Commission's recommendations to restore the Gulf coast and prevent future disasters. Now we must show the Senate that there is no excuse to let Big Oil off the hook.

Exxon Mobil, the world's largest oil company, reported a 53% increase in quarterly profits.1 Chevron's profits rose 72%.2 And even BP, despite the disaster in the Gulf, posted earnings of $4.6 billion, up 33% from the same quarter last year.3

We cannot allow Big Oil to continue lining their pockets while operating without common sense regulations.

Concerned about dangerous chemicals in your food and water? Studies show that dispersants from the BP spill lingered in the Gulf much longer than official reports showed.4 Tired of paying more at the pump? Risky projects like the Keystone XL pipeline, which would pump tar sands oil, the dirtiest fuel in the world, into the U.S., actually raise the price of gas.5 Enjoy being outdoors? Michigan residents still can't touch the Kalamazoo river because of the Enbridge Energy oil spill.6

It's time to end our dirty, dangerous, and deadly addiction to oil, and the first step is holding Big Oil accountable -- call your senators today.

Thanks for all that you do to protect the environment,

Sarah Hodgdon
Sierra Club Conservation Director

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[1] "Exxon Mobil profits increase 53%," Dominic Rushe, The Guardian: January 13, 2011.

[2] "2nd UPDATE:Chevron Profit Soars, But Reserves Booking Disappoints," The Wall Street Journal: January 28, 2011.

[3] "BP resumes dividend payments as 4Q profits jump 33%," Deborah Hyde, Citywire: February 1, 2011.

[4] "Study Finds Oil Dispersants Lingered Deep Under Gulf," Renee Schoof, McClatchy: January 26, 2011.

[5] "Keystone XL may mean higher Canadian crude prices," Maria Sudekum Fisher, Bloomberg: January 25, 2011.

[6] "Kalamazoo River/Oil Spill Update," Health and Community Services Press Release: October 14, 2010.

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