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The pristine waters of America's Arctic Ocean are in danger. These waters provide critical habitat for iconic species such as polar bears, whales, and walrus that are already suffering the effects of dramatic climate change. Little is known about this region and about how this region may be affected by oil drilling.

Approving oil drilling is a move away from a clean energy economy and towards a deeper reliance on dirty fossil fuels while putting our Arctic Ocean and the wildlife that thrive there at unnecessary risk. Ultimately, drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean is not consistent with a responsible course to combat climate change, something the President has committed to in his second term.

Additionally, after the failures of Shell Oil's drilling efforts last year, the Administration needs to reassess its course before moving forward with drilling. Putting oil drilling rigs into sensitive waters could have catastrophic effects. Information is missing to assess the impacts of drilling, let alone responsibly manage it. And no technology currently exists to clean up oil spilled in frozen seas.

Urge Secretary Jewell to re-evaluate offshore oil drilling in these remote waters.

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To: Secretary Sally Jewell, US Department of the Interior

Allowing oil drilling and development in the pristine and remote waters of America's Arctic Ocean is a risky and unnecessary venture. Government scientists agree that more data is needed to fully understand the impacts of an oil spill in this sensitive region. Given this, I urge you gather vital missing baseline data and reassess oil spill response capacity before moving forward with leasing and drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

This remote region is one of the least understood areas of the world, and an oil spill would devastate endangered marine wildlife and would severely affect Native subsistence communities which have thrived in this remote region for thousands of years. No technology currently exists to clean up an oil spill in frozen and icy seas.

The rush to allow oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean moves us away from a clean energy future that doesn't rely on dirty fossil fuels. It puts a sensitive ecosystem at unnecessary risk. It threatens endangered and threatened species, as well as Native communities.

Please step back and reassess whether to open the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling. The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico devastated and continues to haunt that region. Don't make the same mistake twice by opening the Arctic Ocean to unsafe oil drilling.


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May 22, 2015 Steve Walker
May 22, 2015 Dan Haeffner
May 22, 2015 Christian Halley
May 22, 2015 Tricia Bangert
May 22, 2015 Adam Fransella
May 22, 2015 Cheryl Paine-O'Connor
May 22, 2015 Marcy Roth Be forward thinking!
May 22, 2015 Mary Curtin
May 22, 2015 Carlos Ospina
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May 22, 2015 Joyce Cousino Please leave that black stinky stuff in the ground.
May 22, 2015 Gwendolyn Brown
May 22, 2015 Caroline de Ville de Goyet
May 22, 2015 Dina Samulowitz
May 22, 2015 Patrizia Menta
May 22, 2015 Vanessa Allet I'm against animal cruelty. Animals do have feelings and they do feel pain like us humans. Let them live in peace. They have the same right like all beings. They are God's creation as well and they have the right on this planet, too!
May 22, 2015 Mary Beth Naughton
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May 22, 2015 Michele Jankelow Why would any nation risk this environment?
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May 22, 2015 Jeanine Leib
May 22, 2015 Maria Helena Leite Borges
May 22, 2015 Sherry Hodskins
May 22, 2015 Matthew Nasser
May 22, 2015 Mélisande Brechbühl
May 22, 2015 Lori Duffield
May 22, 2015 Sharon Day No more...stop with the oil...use the sun and the wind..they are free, stupid coroporations!
May 22, 2015 robert bennett NO OIL DRILLING!~GO GREEN!
May 22, 2015 Dorayne Heyler
May 22, 2015 Rose Rygiel
May 22, 2015 Isabella Ondei
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May 22, 2015 alan maldomado
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May 22, 2015 Leslie Sullivan We have enough oil!
May 22, 2015 Cristina Capello
May 22, 2015 Barbara Schnubel
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May 22, 2015 Diana Jones
May 22, 2015 nora vera-godwin Stop the madness!
May 22, 2015 Suzanne Carter
May 22, 2015 Sara Anne Maguire
May 21, 2015 Carl Macrae
May 21, 2015 Joanne Montgomery Don't allow drilling in the arctic. It belongs to the whole world, not just the big players?
May 21, 2015 Rhian O'Malley

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