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May 19, 2010

Rush to Judgment

I haven't had many good laughs during the past few weeks. Since April 20th, I've been working alongside Sierra Club volunteers across the country to make sure that BP is held accountable for the catastrophic disaster in the Gulf. But I had to pause today for a good long laugh when I heard that Rush Limbaugh suggested that the Sierra Club should pay the bill for BP's "leak."

According to Rush, the Sierra Club and other "greeniacs" forced BP to drill far offshore. Well, let me just say to all you dittoheads out there: If you believe that, then I've got a Bridge to Nowhere to sell you.

Sure, I understand that supporters of "Drill, Baby Drill" are now in the uncomfortable position of watching this disaster make a mockery of their mantra. And I know from years of working to protect the environment that Big Oil and its allies will try every conceivable tactic to keep our country addicted to oil. But no one can deny the consequences of our dependence on fossil fuels. And no one can deny who's responsible for the recklessness that led to this disaster.

We can't let Rush Limbaugh or anyone else distract us from the truth. BP is to blame for the disaster playing out before us, and BP must pay.

But Rush is right about one thing: The Sierra Club needs to do its part. We're working hard to support the communities in the Gulf. We're working hard to keep BP accountable. And we're working hard to move this country to a clean energy future. Want to help us, Rush? You can make a donation here.

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Michael Brune

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