In light of the ongoing offshore oil drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico Greenpeace is demanding that President Barack Obama cancels Arctic drilling plans and calls for an offshore moratorium.
The Deepwater Horizon accident has resulted in eleven lives lost, countless of animal lives affected and an oil spill that is growing in size every day. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have concluded that around 5000 barrels of oil is leaking every day from the destroyed oil rig managed by BP. According to reports the oil spill has tripled in size during these past days.
While touring the area at risk from the oil spill Obama blamed the "unprecedented environmental disaster" on BP while saying they "will be paying the bill":
And why shouldn't they? After all BP is the third largest global energy company and the 4th largest company in the world. Reuters also reports that:
And following this suspension on offshore oil drilling Greenpeace Executive Director, Philip Radford said that while Obama's announcement was "a welcome first step" it isn't enough:
Greenpeace also notes that on April 2nd, just days before the BP Deepwater Spill began, President Obama said:
Maybe this time BP really should go "beyond petroleum"?
- BP Deepwater Disaster and Gulf Oil Spill (Greenpeace)