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“Drill, baby, drill” event in poor taste

Press conference to be held today on Capitol Hill


  • Today, several Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a press conference to advocate for more offshore drilling along America’s coastline.
  • Oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster continues to spew into the Gulf of Mexico at what is now thought to be 25,000-30,000 barrels of oil a day – more than five times the amount of BP’s original estimate of 5,000 barrels a day.
WASHINGTON (06/15/2010) -

The following is a statement by Bob Irvin, senior vice president for conservation programs at Defenders of Wildlife:

“Holding this press conference today, in light of the ongoing Gulf oil disaster, is like throwing a cocktail party to celebrate your drunk-driving conviction.

“America needs to be looking forward to a clean energy future, not to an increased dependence on the dirty, dangerous fuels that led us to the ongoing catastrophe in the Gulf.”


See how Defenders is responding to the Gulf oil disaster.


Cat Lazaroff, (202) 772-3270
Caitlin Leutwiler, (202) 772-3226