March 30, 2011 – Impacts Briefing #1

The first of a planned six congressional briefings focused on the oil and gas industry’s impacts to public health.  Collectively, the six briefings will examine the consequences of our addiction to oil and fossil fuels and will explore ways to move the United States beyond oil.

Read Sierra Club’s blog post for a recap of the first briefing.  For more information about oil and gas impacts, please read the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s post about the harm of our oil addiction and check out the materials below.

Sierra Club fact sheet – Health Effects of Oil
Sierra Club fact sheet – Transportation Solutions to Rising Gas Prices

Below is the original information and notice for the briefing.

Public Health Impacts of Oil
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
9:00 – 10:00 a.m
SC – 6, U.S. Capitol Building

The Sierra Club and a broad coalition of environmental and faith organizations invites you to a briefing on the health impacts of our addiction to oil. From drilling to refining to use, oil impacts the health of Americans across the country in many ways. The anniversaries of the Exxon Valdez and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico serve as poignant reminders of the high costs born by our coastal communities. At the same time, emissions from cars and trucks have driven up asthma rates, incidence of respiratory disease and will be a leading cause of Code Red Alert air quality days this summer.

As gas prices rise and debate focuses on how to address our dependence on oil, it is critical to understand the true cost of our crippling addiction to oil – costs that cannot be eradicated through more drilling or new pipelines.

Speakers for this event include:

·    Mr. Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
·    Dr. Kristen Welker-Hood, Director, Environment and Health Program, Physicians for Social Responsibility
·    Dr. Dolores Leonard, impacted community member, Detroit, Michigan
·    Ms. Bethany Kraft, Executive Director, Alabama Coastal Foundation
·    Mr. Mark Pelavin, Director, Commission on Social Action, Religious Action Center
·    Ms. Casi Callaway, Executive Director and Baykeeper, Mobile Baykeeper

This briefing is the first in a series that will examine the dangers of our addiction to oil and how we can move beyond oil. Future topics will include impacts of offshore drilling, transportation solutions, and protecting natural resources and enriching local economies.

Hill Staff – No RSVP Required
Non-Hill Staff – Please RSVP by Noon, Monday March 21 to
Jesse Prentice-Dunn at

For more information, contact Lena Moffit at or (202) 548-2396.

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