Tell your senators: It's time to protect people, not oil companies.

Call your senators today and urge them to support the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act, sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and the Clean Coasts and Efficient Cars Act, sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). These bills will not only ensure that BP is held liable for a full account of the destruction they've caused in the Gulf of Mexico, but that we will take the steps necessary to completely end our oil addiction.

Call the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your senators.

Here are some facts and talking points you can use:

  • The Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act will raise the liability cap on non-cleanup related costs from $75 million to $10 billion. The effects of the disaster go far beyond just oil spilling into the water, but if the liability cap isn't raised, BP won't have to be held responsible for it at all.
  • The spill has devastated local fishermen and a seafood industry that makes up 70 percent of the national catch. Not only that, but fishermen who are working for BP to help clean up the spill are getting sick from the toxic vapors they inhale every day.
  • The spill has wreaked havoc on the tourism industry, including hotels, restaurants, beaches, recreational boating, swimming, and scuba diving.
  • The environmental effects from the oil spill will be unprecedented. The underwater oil plumes could create massive "dead zones" in the gulf where no animals could survive. That's an incredible loss in one of North America's most vibrant ecosystems.
  • The Clean Coasts and Efficient Cars Act will put an end to offshore drilling off most U.S. coastlines and raise auto fuel efficiency standards to 55 miles per gallon.
  • This bill would reinstate a moratorium on offshore drilling that was approved every year by Congress from 1982-2008.
  • The spill in the Gulf of Mexico is not an anomaly. It exposes the deception of the oil industry about the safety and risks of offshore drilling. While technology might have advanced to allow drilling in deeper waters, safety practices have not advanced at the same pace. Oil companies are using the same techniques to stop spills as they did in the 1970s.
  • The expansion of offshore drilling proposed by President Obama would only produce 200,000 barrels of oil a day. The latest federal fuel efficiency standards would save nearly four times that amount per day. Imagine what raising the standards to 55 mpg would do.
  • These are achievable goals. Automakers already know how to make cars that get over 50 mpg. Next year, at least three cars on the market will get over 50 mpg.

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