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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 19, 2010
Contact: Kristina Johnson
(415) 977-5619

Six Months and $68 Million Later...
On 6 Month Anniversary of BP Disaster, Solutions Blocked by Big Oil
Paid for By Big Oil-- $68.5 million on Campaigns

Washington, D.C. Wednesday, October 20 marks six months since BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded, killing eleven workers and sending millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Following the disaster, the Sierra Club reached out to hundreds of thousands of citizens, who called on our leaders to prevent future oil disasters by moving American beyond oil dependence. Since then Big Oil has poured tens of millions of dollars into lobbying and political campaigns to fight any reform or accountability for their industry.

As the anniversary approaches, the Sierra Club is calling attention Big Oil's campaign spending and efforts to block clean energy at a new site:
www.paidforbybigoil.org. A new Center for American Progress report released today details how groups with ties to Big Oil have spent nearly $70 million so far on political campaigning.

Statement of Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune:


After the BP disaster, hundreds of thousands of Americans called on our leaders to prevent future tragedies by moving America beyond oil dependence. Six Months and $68 Million later, we’ve been disappointed to see the oil industry stand in the way of clean energy solutions that would help end our oil dependence. Thanks to Big Oil's influence on Congress and elections, we still haven't seen the measures we need to help the Gulf Coast recover. We still haven't seen real action to prevent future oil disasters and create clean energy jobs. Voters must not let our elections be Paid for By Big Oil.

According to
a report released today by Center for American Progress Action Fund, the oil industry and special interests have already poured $68.5 million into campaigns this election season.

The dirty energy industry has poured millions into backing candidates who, if we let them get to Washington, will be sure to stand in the way of clean energy innovation and jobs. They spread oil all over our beaches, and now they're spreading money all over our elections. By voting for clean energy advocates, we can send a clear message to corporate polluters that they need to step aside and let us get to work creating a clean energy economy.

www.paidforbybigoil.org


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