September 28, 2010 - New Orleans, LA - Global Green is encouraged at the report issued today by the Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus setting up a task force chaired by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and recommending that Congress establish a permanent Gulf Coast Recovery Council.
We are particularly pleased to see some of our ideas for creating an independent non-profit Gulf Coast Fund included in the report. Since the catastropic spill began in April, Global Green has called for the creation of an independent $2.5 billion Gulf Coast Clean Energy and Healthy Communities Foundation to support the non-profit community to restore the Gulf and invest in the sustainable development of the region.
However, the recommendations do not go far enough - the Federal Government needs to have the regional foundation funded out of settlement dollars, making the foundation independent of private sector interests, in particular the oil industry. Further, we believe the Administration needs to act on their own to the greatest extent possible, and not leave the foundation and other needs to support the rebirth of the Gulf Coast as the center of healthy communities and clean energy to the private sector and/or Congress.
As Secretary Mabus indicates, the longterm support for the local non-profit community, municipalities and other entities will be so instrumental in creating healthy, vibrant and resilient communities while fostering the creation of a clean energy economy. We hope the task force will take the commitment of supporting the "people, environment, and commerce" of the region to heart and strongly recommend that environmental leaders, non-profit organizations, and scientists be an integral part of the planning and ultimately of the permanent council. The environmental and non-profit community must have the resources needed to be able to effectively assist the task force and ultimately the council to make sure "we band together to work toward a better future for the environment, the Gulf and the planet."
Global Green is excited to work with the environmental and non-profit communities on the Gulf Coast to support this critical initiative.
Matt Petersen Beth Galante
President & CEO New Orleans Director