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My Appointment to the National Commission on the Gulf Disaster

Frances Beinecke

Posted June 16, 2010

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I am writing to share some big news:  I have been appointed by President Obama to serve on the commission he has created to examine the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The panel, formally known as the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, will be chaired by Bob Graham, a former Senator and Governor from Florida, and William K. Reilly, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.   

I am fully committed to conducting a rigorous investigation to carry out what President Obama asked in his Executive Order establishing the commission: “Examine the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster” and “develop options for guarding against, and mitigating the impact of, oil spills associated with offshore drilling.”

I am also deeply honored to be chosen to participate on this commission. It’s a hugely important undertaking, and I will do my utmost to fulfill the commission’s mandate.

To protect the independence and integrity of the commission, I will not be involved in--or blogging about--NRDC’s efforts in the Gulf or related oil and energy work while the commission conducts its investigation. Our final report is due in six months. 

In my stead, you can turn to the blog of NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner, who will share his expert analysis of and recommendations for the situation in the Gulf and America’s clean energy future.

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Biosphere PreservationJun 16 2010 09:03 PM

I suggest you consult with John Francis @ - he has many years of wisdom and practical experience in the matter you are about to undertake.
The problem with most of society is that they live with a seriously terminal case of NIH Syndrome (NIH = Not Invented Here)... or in other words... they reject anything that is not their own idea (ego attempts errantly prevail).
So please seek wisdom of people that have already walked the path.
Thank you,

mary prevoteauJun 16 2010 09:24 PM

Our prayers are with you. Stay hopeful.

Susan BallariniJun 16 2010 10:17 PM

This makes me SO HAPPY! I have faith that you will work tirelessly at this very important task. I have long admired the work of NRDC. Congratulations!

BrandonJun 17 2010 12:05 AM

I'm with Susan - this is great news Frances! I sincerely hope, as I'm sure you do also, that this work proceeds with the honesty and integrity that is necessary to face the reality we find ourselves in. I feel much better knowing you are at the table for the tough decisions ahead. :)

Cathie GloverJun 17 2010 12:12 AM

Congratulations, I feel there are genuine ethics back in the game of life. Good luck and know that you are deeply respected and we will always have your back!

MariaJun 17 2010 03:55 AM

For me this is the SMARTEST thing Obama has done to make me feel he mean business. I am as thrilled as can be. Go do your work, darling. Let's get the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

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