Diane Wilson, one of the founders of the Code Pink protest group, today anointed herself with a glass jar of toffee-colored oil at a Senate Energy Sumbcommittee meeting to protest, she says, Senator Lisa Murkowski's blocking of a bill that would have lifted BP's liability cap. President Obama had earlier in the week announced he was supporting lifting the $75 million cap, to raise it to $10 billion. Wilson was removed from the meeting and arrested, according to the Code Pink web site.
"I am...seeing elected representatives like Senator Lisa Murkowski blocking BP from being legally responsible to pay for this catastrophe. She stopped the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act and wants to keep the liability cap at a pitiful $75 million. This is outrageous."- Diane WilsonWilson is also the author of a book called An Unreasonable Woman
A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas, put out by Chelsea Green Press.
Wilson's co-founder of Code Pink, Medea Benjamin, had this to say about Wilson's arrest:
"We want people to call Senator Murkowski's office and tell her to stop supporting big oil and support a healthy environment and American livelihoods instead," said Codepink co-founder Medea Benjamin, who was with Wilson at the hearing. "BP CEO Tony Hayward should be in jail, not a distraught shrimper!"
The Hill called the protest the "messiest" in the recent memory during a Cabinet Secretary's (Ken Salazar's) testimony.
Read more about Code Pink at TreeHugger:
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