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'The Fix:' Dirty Energy's Undue Influence on American Political Life

Article: 'The Fix:' Dirty Energy's Undue Influence on American Political Life

The glove-covered hands of Dan Howells, deputy campaign director with Greenpeace, are coated with a layer of oil after he dipped them in oil floating on the surface in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill near Grand Isle, Louisiana, June 10, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Like most Americans, I am horrified by the unending catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. Even with the latest containment cap in place, oil is likely to hemorrhage from BP’s ruptured well until August or beyond.

As I try to convey in my new video, “The Fix,” I am appalled by what this spill is doing to Gulf fishermen, families, communities and wildlife. But I am also disgusted by what it reveals about the oil industry’s role in American political life.

With their deep pockets, oil companies have purchased loose safety regulations, slack oversight and support from key lawmakers. Last year alone, the industry spent a $168 million on lobbying — $16 million of which came from BP. The blowout on the Deepwater Horizon is a symptom of this undue influence.

It is time for the collusion to stop. As long as it continues, Americans will pay the price in the form of devastated ecosystems and a fossil fuel addiction that benefits oil companies, not ordinary citizens.

Robert Redford: "Mr. President, now is the time for clean energy."

Article: Robert Redford: "Mr. President, now is the time for clean energy."

Thursday, May 20, 2010, marks one month since BP’s oil rig exploded in the Gulf Coast, killing 11 people and unleashing one of the worst environmental disasters our nation has ever seen.   Since then, millions of gallons of oil have gushed into the ocean, poisoning marine life and threatening hundreds of miles of coastal…

Donated hair for the oil spill cleanup? It may not get used…

Article: Donated hair for the oil spill cleanup? It may not get used…

Looking for an opportunity to contribute to cleanup efforts for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? The opportunity may be as close as your barber or stylist’s chair, or your pet groomer’s table. Non-profit organization Matter of Trust has done a tremendous job coordinating human and animal hair collection efforts for use in booms and mats that could help with soaking up spilled oil.