BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 1 Year Anniversary: What If It Happened Here?

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Ted Danson>> On April 20th, 2010, BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and killed 11
people. It caused one of the largest environmental disasters this country has ever seen. Countless
birds, turtles, and sea lions were coated with oil, and many of them perished. But the
devastating effect of the oil spill did not stop at the shore. Thousands have lost their
jobs and their ability to put food on the table. One year later, we continue to see
the emotional, the financial, and the environmental damage caused by the spill. And yet the oil
companies still want to drill more. That means the next spill could happen on your shores.
It could happen here. Sally Pressman>> If it happened here in Charleston,
South Carolina, the beaches and the wetlands would be devastated.
Tim>> The oil spill in the Gulf killed the tourist season. So I came up here and they're
talking about offshore drilling up here in Massachusetts and it's just a matter of time
before there would be a spill up here so wake up America.
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg>> If it happened here in New Jersey, it would be devastating.
Congresswoman Kathy Castor>> We don't know the true damage that the BP oil disaster has
caused. Congressman John Garamendi>> What does it
mean to the single biggest industry in California, which is the tourist industry, the coast?
It's devastating. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse>> We've also seen
from Rhode Island's own bitter experience that there are long-lasting consequences into
the food chain of this kind of an oil spill, and it can harm the resource for a considerable
period of time. Bob>> So what if it happens here? I can tell
you, after 30 years of working with the fisheries. You could devastate industries.
Deborah>> We already had an oil spill here. Right here. Right out here. Buzzards Bay,
2003. Patti>> It would be terrible because look
how beautiful our water, behind me, is, and our water wouldn't be beautiful anymore.
Garamendi>> "Drill, baby, drill" is not the answer to America's energy future. It's not
the answer to our energy security or this nation's security.
Jacob>> It pretty much ruined everything that the beach has for people.
Dave>> Catastrophic and potentially unrecoverable. Lautenberg>> Ecosystems that get destroyed
often never recover. Whitehouse>> We have been takers from our
oceans for far too long. We need to start to become caretakers of our oceans.
Bob>> This belongs to all of us. It doesn't belong to just the oil company or the person
who wants to make a lot of money. Ann>> The nation can make it a top priority
to transition to clean energy sources, such as wind and solar.
Castor>> We've got to plan ahead to develop the new, next-generation sources of energy:
solar, wind. Everything has to be on the table. Whitehouse>> We'll be a far stronger country
if we can get off oil and onto what we're really good at, which is developing the technologies
of the future. Lautenberg>> One thing we know: that drilling
is not the way to do it. You cannot guarantee drilling without spilling following it. If
you drill, you're gonna spill. Bob>> What can you do? You can call your congressman.
I don't care if you're in Iowa or Kansas or here in the great state of Maine. Let them
know this is important. This is ours, it needs to be protected.
Danson>> Big oil might be able to pay the cost of another spill, but the rest of us
cannot. Go to stopthedrill.org and tell big oil to keep their rigs off our coasts. We
won't let it happen here.