I've posted at length on this issue before. It's divisive, but it's important. Many kudos to President Obama for (so far) sticking the landing on this issue with a veto...there seemed to be waffling or potential for waffling...but he is obviously rolling with #IWonBothOfThem swagger.
The Senate tried to override his veto and failed...but only on the grounds that it bypassed the State Department process. Here's hoping when that comes in, he'll decide to continue the current status quo.
I'm very interested in this article on how people differently view the morality of environmental issues on mostly partisan lines. [There's a future blogpost in there for sure!]
Photo from NBC News
Have you ever heard of environmental damage from oil and gas? Yeah, that's a rhetorical question. You'd have to be pretty ostrich-head-in-sand to miss the news over Exxon Valdez or BP Deepwater Horizon or Ecuador or fracking. Responsible oil might seem like an oxymoron...but not for these guys. Equitable Origin is a multi-stakeholder certification process for the oil and gas industry to make sure there's social and environmental responsibility. They are independent from industry but engage well with industry. I hope this takes off...very novel, very needed!
Our mission is to protect the people, environment and biodiversity affected by oil and gas exploration and production through an independent, stakeholder-negotiated, market-driven certification system that distinguishes and rewards operators for outstanding social, environmental and safety performance.