The snowy plover is one of the most at-risk species from the BP oil spill. In addition to coming in direct contact to the oil, the snowy plover is at-risk of being poisoned by eating smaller invertebrates that have been tainted with oil.
Rather than assuming full responsibility for the costs of their recklessness on wildlife like the snowy plover, the price tag could be pushed off on you, the American taxpayer.
Currently, outdated legislation puts BP off the hook for damages above $75 million, even though this is less than one day's profit for BP!
Edit and send the message below, urging Congress to hold Big Oil polluters accountable to paying the full cost of their negligence.
I urge you to pass legislation that lifts the oil liability cap and the cap on punitive damages.
Oil companies and other corporations must be held accountable for doing their fair share to reduce pollution and to create a path that takes us truly beyond petroleum.
Legislation that lifts the oil liability cap and the cap on punitive damages will help ensure that Big Oil polluters like BP are held accountable to paying the full cost that their negligence has on our communities and our natural world. Fish and wildlife, and the many communities and jobs dependent on them, hang in the balance.
By raising the outdated $75 million oil liability cap--less than one day's profit for BP--you will spare American taxpayers from the burden of bailing out Big Oil polluters for their recklessness.
It's time for a new energy platform for America. That's why in addition to passing legislation that holds polluters accountable to their actions, we must also act swiftly to pass comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation that provides America with clean and safer energy choices.
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