The oil spill commission that was created after the BP disaster has released its final report, and it contains a long list of actions that must be taken. The report calls for, sweeping reforms that would protect taxpayers and make offshore drilling safer for workers, while also protecting the environment and Gulf Coast businesses from future oil spills that could damage wetlands and hurt the region's fishing and tourism industries.
But the recommendations are not worth the paper they are written on if Congress doesn’t embrace and enact the reforms.
Fortunately, at least one representative understands that delaying a comprehensive response to the BP oil disaster is no longer an option. On Jan. 26, Rep. Edward Markey, introduced the "Implementing the Recommendations of the BP Oil Spill Commission Act". The bill currently has seven co-sponsors, but to gain momentum toward passage, it will need a lot more. So, it's time to pick up the phone and urge your representative to support oil spill legislation. It's easy! And more importantly, it will have an important effect on your elected official.
Step 1: Get your representative's number
Click, here to get your representative's contact information.
Step 2: Make the call
This is the fun part. When your representative's staffer answers the phone, say (the following is a suggested script, but you can just speak from your heart and head),
"Hello. My name is ________ and I'm a constituent of Representative __________. I'm calling today to urge my representative to make passage of oil spill legislation a top priority."
Step 3: Let us know how it went!
Use the form that appears below to send me a quick email. I would love to know a) who you called b) whether you spoke to a staffer or left a message on a voicemail service and; c) if you spoke to a staffer, what he/she said.
Thank you for participating in this national day of action!