Dear Friend of the Species,
Help save polar bears, endangered whales, walrus and seabirds from the next spill. Tell President Obama to keep Shell out of America's Arctic.
On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf spill, Shell Oil is preparing to execute the most aggressive offshore oil drilling plan in history. Their ships are steaming to the icy Polar Bear Seas right now--an area already reeling from climate change.
Take action: Tell President Obama to keep Shell out of America's Arctic.
America's Arctic is no place for risky, unproven drilling without a plan for disaster. Hurricane-force winds, 20-foot swells, sub-zero temperatures, and sea ice up to 25 feet thick make responding to a spill nearly impossible. Just last Friday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a report prepared by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) finding that Shell's spill response plan failed to account for these factors or the remote and isolated nature of the region.
Tell President Obama not to allow Shell to drill in the Beaufort Sea this summer.
In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama made this assertion:
“I will not back down from making sure an oil company can contain the kind of oil spill we saw in the Gulf two years ago.”
We need to hold him to that promise. The GAO report found that Shell has failed to plan for an Arctic spill of even a fraction of the magnitude of the Gulf spill. Polar bears, endangered whales, seabirds, and walrus would be put at risk if Shell moves forward--and they're not waiting.
Take action now and tell President Obama to keep his promise and put Shell's plans on hold until the technology and infrastructure is in place to respond to a disaster.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to America's disappearing wildlife and wild places.
Endangered Species Coalition
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