It is time for President Obama to declare a state of National Emergency for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This will allow our government to take immediate and decisive action to protect our national interests in the face of economic and environmental disaster.
It has been two months since this disaster began, and crude oil has already covered beaches from Louisiana to Florida, killing shorebirds, mammals, and sea life as well as disrupting the coastal economies and health of an entire region. As the leak continues, more animals will die, more beaches will be despoiled, and more hazardous waste will continue to threaten residents and tourists along the south-eastern United States.
We know that your administration turned down international offers of aid that could have sent supertankers to suck up the oil and prevent it from making landfall. Citing the Jones Act, international aid in the Gulf was shut down from day 3 of the spill.
Calling a state of emergency now can override the Jones Act and allow much needed aid to flow into the Gulf of Mexico and prevent further damage from occurring.
We urge you President Obama, do the right thing and call a state of national emergency, for the wildlife, coastal residents, and economic value of the region.