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“Restore the Gulf” PSA pits star power against oil

“Restore the Gulf” PSA pits star power against oil

**UPDATE** (Aug 4, 2010)  A rep for Sandra Bullock has asked for the actress’ part in a public service announcement (PSA) relating to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to be removed until she can confirm the clip has not been influenced by a coalition of oil companies.

Original post follows:

Women of the Storm, a not-for-profit alliance of Louisiana women whose families, businesses and lives were affected by Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, have recruited some very famous faces to front their campaign to clean up the BP Oil disaster.

The group’s online petition puts it simply:

“I demand that a plan to restore America’s Gulf be fully funded and implemented for me and future generations.”

A committed and compassionate campaign. But does U.S. President Obama really need convincing? Back in June, Politico reported

“In his Oval Office speech on the BP oil disaster, President Barack Obama declared he would reverse the devastation caused by crude oil on the area’s shoreline, but pledged his administration would also address ‘decades of environmental degradation’ and ‘multiple economic disasters’ that have ruined the fragile Gulf Coast.”


Regardless, it’s a cause that has attracted a broad cross-section of American celebrities. According to the official YouTube post:

“This video was shot in the New Orleans area and in various other locations around the country. It features (in order of appearance) Sandra Bullock, Blake Lively, Wendell Pierce, Lenny Kravitz, Jack Del Rio, Alfre Woodard, Dr. John, Harry Shearer, Clay Hensley, Dave Matthews, Bryan Batt, Justin Shiels, John Goodman, Emeril Lagasse, Roberto Méndez, Eric Harvey, Payton Manning, Leah Chase, James Carville, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Lisa Mackel Smith, Shirley Lee, Anne Milling and Mary Matalin.”

Women of the Storm
LA Times

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