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Spill Commissioners Advocate Overhaul of Offshore Drilling Oversight, Alternative Energy

12 Feb 2011  |   Damien Shirley

Testifying before a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee panel today, two members of President Obama's commission on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill advocated for regulatory reform and alternative energy.

In their prepared testimony, Donald Boesch of the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science and Terry Garcia of the National Geographic Society stated that "[t]he central lesson to be drawn from the catastrophe is that no less than an overhauling of both current industry practices and government oversight is now required."

Boesch and Garcia went on to state that the United States "must begin a transition to a cleaner, more energy-efficient future. Otherwise, its security and well-being will be increasingly dependent on diminishing supplies of nonrenewable resources and on supplies from foreign sources."

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