Veterans’ Group Launches Ad Campaign Framing BP Spill As National Security Issue

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A massive $1.5 million television and web ad campaign launching this week makes the first connection between the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and our national security. The ad campaign, sponsored by, features a veteran who served with the Louisiana National Guard, cleaning up the massive spill, speaking from a polluted shoreline of Louisiana.

A version of the ad can be viewed here:

In the ad, Louisiana resident and veteran Evan Wolf makes the point that the necessity of using the Guard to help clean up efforts takes the military away from critical national security missions. Indeed, over 11,000 Guardsmen have been sent to the Gulf to help with the clean up.

In the ad, Wolf says, “When I signed on with the National Guard, I did it to help protect America from our enemies… Not to clean up an oil company’s mess here in the Gulf of Mexico… But America needs a new mission. Because whether it’s deep-drilling oil out here, or spending a billion dollars a day on oil from our enemies overseas, our dependence on oil is threatening our national security.”

“Some folks in Washington say now is not the time for clean American power. I got to ask – if not now, when?” he closes.

The television ad will run on national cable, with versions running in Louisiana, Florida, Maine, Washington, New Jersey, Illinois, and New Hampshire, that call on those states’ Senators to push clean legislation forward. Legislation pending in the Senate would cut America’s foreign oil dependence in half, expand the clean energy manufacturing tax credit by $5 billion and force offshore drilling rigs further offshore.

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