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Reasons to do everything we can to prevent more oil spills are endless: the complications and hazards involved in cleaning up the mess; the environmental issues caused by the chemicals meant to do the cleaning up; the devastation to local wildlife; the damage to local economies and livelihoods; and the legal battles that arise—which to some extent have already started. A federal court stopped BP from forcing fisherman volunteering with cleanup efforts to sign away their right to free speech, but there is still some talk that the company has been trying to convince Gulf Coast residents to sign away their right to sue in exchange for $5,000 in cash.

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A petition is now going around calling for an electric car tax credit. It's addressed to Congress and President Obama, and it reads:

With oil prices expected to exceed $100 per barrel and millions of dollars of catastrophic damage occurring to U.S. coasts, wildlife, and coastal economies, all due to the 2010 Gulf Coast Oil Spill, it is time for a new direction for transportation in America.

In response to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill, this petition asks the U.S. Congress and Senate to introduce legislation and for the President to sign into law a bill that will do the following:

1. Increase the electric car tax credit for any American made Electric cars to 70% of the purchase price.

2. Provide a tax credit for consumers equal to the cost of labor to convert their gas engine vehicle to an electric engine vehicle.

3. To require that all Federal Agencies must use American made Electric cars for 70% of their vehicle fleets beginning January of 2011 and thereafter.

This will create instant demand for U.S. made electric cars, which will put Americans back to work, boost the American economy, reduce the demand for Oil, and will give the American people a choice to drive an affordable vehicle that is clean and does not pose a threat to our coastal economies or our wildlife.

Click through to sign the petition if this is something you support and want to get behind.