New Orleans, La. – Sierra Club President Allison Chin says the organization sent out an online emergency call for volunteers, and 25,000 signed up. It's not clear yet what those volunteers will do - or can do - at the site of the spill. She says it's vital that volunteers at least keep the disaster in the forefront of national discussions.
"It will go on. It's got to go on. This is going to, unfortunately, impact communities for decades."
Chin says the Sierra Club is networking with environmental organizations throughout the country to insist BP pay for damages caused by the oil spill. And, she says, the groups will lobby the Obama administration to make sure all federal resources are dedicated to cleaning up the oil. She says the ultimate goal is to reduce the nation's dependence on fossil fuel.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming