Clean Coasts and Efficient Cars

As BP attempted to plug the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced legislation that would ban offshore drilling along America's ocean coastlines and increase fuel efficiency in American cars.  The United States must learn a profound lesson from the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico and make certain we protect our oceans from future disasters and transform our energy system away from fossil fuels.  "Is 3-cents-a-gallon in the year 2030 worth the potential risk of another disaster like this?" Sanders asked. "I don't think it is."  Sanders' bill would set a fuel economy standard of 55 miles per gallon, up from an average of 35 mpg that American car makers must achieve by 2030 under current law. The measure would prohibit new drilling in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and along Florida's gulf coastline. A moratorium on drilling in those areas that Congress approved every year since 1982 lapsed in 2008.

To watch the senator discuss the oil spill on MSNBC's Morning Joe, click here.

To read more about the senator's proposal, click here.

You can read letters of support from Friends of the Earth here, the Union of Concerned Scientists here, Oceana here, and a letter from 22 supportive groups here.