Gulf Coast businesses unite to fight drilling banNews // July 26, 2010
A new organisation consisting of Louisiana businesses, organisations and individuals -- Gulf Citizens United (GCU) - has been formed to raise what has been called "a unified voice against the oil drilling moratorium on the Gulf Coast."
In a statement, the new organisation said: "GCU has been created for the purpose of furthering the common good and general welfare of the gulf coast community as a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing attention to the economic hardships associated with the oil and gas drilling moratorium and working toward its cessation.”
GCU has mounted an advertising campaign on Capitol Hill, aimed at lawmakers, to underscore what it called the severe economic consequences of the drilling ban proposed by the Obama Administration.
Running several half-page ads in Capitol Hill publications the week of July 26, the GCU ad headline says, “The Ban on Offshore Drilling is a Ban on American Jobs!”
It notes a recent Bloomberg national poll that found 75% of Americans are opposed to the ban.
“In just one act, the Obama Administration has signed the pink slips of tens of thousands of Louisiana and Gulf Coast citizens. The financial consequences from the moratorium will eventually create an economic ripple effect that will negatively impact every citizen of the US and consumers will bare the brunt by paying more everywhere from the pump to the grocery store,” said Dan Juneau, GCU Secretary-Treasurer and President of the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry.
The group also joined forces with other local groups for a “Rally for Economic Survival,” on July 21 in Lafayette, Louisiana at the Cajundome.
See www.gulfcitizensunited.org for more information.