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A (Mock) Oil Spill Now Headed for New Mexico

May 12, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE - To make the point that the massive oil spill isn't a problem only for the Gulf Coast states, the Sierra Club in New Mexico is staging a spill today in Albuquerque. Don't worry – it's not a real spill, but a simulated one made of black plastic, and it will "ooze" directly in front of Sen. Jeff Bingaman's office.

As Sierra Club organizer Shrayas Jatkar puts it, because Bingaman holds a powerful position as chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, New Mexicans have a part in preventing such disasters in the future.

"We want to see a ban on all new offshore drilling. We want to see a comprehensive energy climate plan that, in fact, invests in clean energy and actually ends the subsidies and giveaways to the oil industry."

Jatkar believes the spill lends support to the argument that U.S. energy policy should move away from such risky activities as offshore drilling in favor of more renewable sources. He is convinced that New Mexico can play a leadership role.

"New Mexico specifically does have some ability to lead our transition towards cleaner transportation fuels, advanced biofuels that can really take us off oil."

The demonstration is also meant to show support for Gulf Coast residents facing the loss of fishing and tourism industries as a result of the oil disaster, he adds. The mock spill and rally are scheduled for noon at 625 Silver Ave., S.W., Albuquerque.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM