Reinstate the ban on offshore drilling
- endangered sea turtles are found along the Gulf Coast
I haven't yet written anything about Obama's plan for offshore drilling, but I will now - nooooooooo! - and the recent oil spill is a good example of why I say that (you can read more about the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion at Wikipedia). Here's part of an email I received yesterday from Defenders of Wildlife, asking me to write to the president and ask him to reinstate the ban on offshore drilling (which I did) .....
At least 400 wildlife species (not counting micro-organisms) and 19 essential wildlife refuges – one of which hosted some 34,000 birds just days before the spill – are already threatened by the Gulf spill. 
And the remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling operation continue to spew at least 5,000 barrels (more than 200,000 gallons) of toxic oil into the Gulf of Mexico each day… with no end in sight. 
For 27 years, a congressional ban on offshore drilling largely protected our coastal wildlife from offshore drilling disasters like this. But that all changed in 2008, when then-President George W. Bush rescinded the ban his father put in place after the Exxon Valdez tanker spill – and Congress quickly followed suit by lifting their own ban on drilling in certain areas.
President Obama – who just weeks ago called for more offshore drilling – has issued a temporary halt to drilling activities in new areas in the wake of the Deepwater disaster, granting a temporary reprieve to sensitive areas like North Carolina’s Outer Banks and the only known calving grounds for the North Atlantic right whales off the coast of Georgia and Florida.
But the President has not yet said that he’ll stop drilling activities planned for this summer in Alaska’s pristine Chukchi and Beaufort Seas – home to polar bears, walrus, and bowhead whales.
Worse, Big Oil and their political allies are tenacious, well-funded and committed to industrializing our coasts… even at the cost of another ecological disaster. As the Gulf Coast crisis continues to grow, drilling proponents like former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (who should know better!) continued the call for more offshore drilling. 
 As Oil Slick Drifts Closer, Resource Defenders Gird for Worst Along Gulf Coast - New York Times
 With Oil Spill (and Blame) Spreading, Obama Will Visit Gulf - TIME
 Will Republicans Abandon "Drill, Baby, Drill"?
- Image from 04/25/10 -- courtesy SkyTruth/NASA