Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tell President Obama to keep his promise

In Thursday's speech, President Obama promised he would "not let oil companies write this country's energy plan or endanger our coastlines".

He can keep that promise today by rejecting Royal Dutch Shell's final permit to begin risky new drilling in the Arctic.

The USCG Admiral that was in charge of the Gulf spill response and the non-partisan NGO have both concluded that the U.S. is not in a position to respond to a spill in the Arctic. Royal Dutch Shell hasn't put forth a realistic plan to respond to one either.

If there were a spill, species like polar bear and bowhead whales would be put at terrible risk. Fishing communities would see their way of life ruined. Cleaning an Arctic spill in the icy, choppy waters of the Chukchi Sea would be greatly more difficult than what we saw in the Gulf.

Please join me in asking President Obama to keep his promise and to reject Royal Dutch Shell's permit to drill in the Chukchi Sea this fall. You can take action with the Endangered Species Coalition at their website:

Thank you!

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