Gustav Highlights Risks of America's Oil Addiction

NWF: Our dependency on oil is helping fuel these more intense storms

08-29-2008 // Miles Grant

WASHINGTON, DC -- Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Gustav to become a hurricane and take a path through the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Reuters reports Shell Oil Co. is beginning evacuation of all 1,300 of its Gulf workers and cutting production. In response, oil and natural gas futures have already risen on Wall Street.

Adam Kolton, the National Wildlife Federation's senior director of congressional and federal affairs, said today:

"Our dependency on oil is driving our global warming emissions and helping fuel these more intense storms, which in turn threaten our energy infrastructure and lead to higher prices for American consumers. Congress needs to deliver a new national energy policy that will give Americans more choices and a more secure energy future. Clean energy solutions can ease our addiction to fossil fuels, help families cut their energy bills, and solve the climate crisis."

Find out more about the connection between global warming and stronger hurricanes in the National Wildlife Federation's new report, "Global Warming's Wake-Up Call for the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic Coasts":
Increasing Vulnerability to Hurricanes: Global Warming’s Wake Up Call for the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic Coasts 

Learn more about the real solutions that would cut our energy costs and ease our addiction to fossil fuels in the National Wildlife Federation's "Don't be Fooled" fact sheet:
Don't be Fooled by Big Oil (pdf)

The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

For Immediate Release
August 29, 2008

Contact: Miles Grant, National Wildlife Federation, 703-864-9599 (cell),