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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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Nov 25, 2014 Rhonda Banks
Nov 25, 2014 carmen Rico
Nov 25, 2014 Sandra O'Shea
Nov 25, 2014 jose manuel cabrera
Nov 25, 2014 Lisa Berman
Nov 25, 2014 Sterna Viljoen
Nov 25, 2014 Shawn Cloninger
Nov 25, 2014 rémi donneger
Nov 25, 2014 rene destizons
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Nov 25, 2014 Ivonne Sanchez
Nov 25, 2014 shirley shaw
Nov 25, 2014 Teresa Thinnes
Nov 25, 2014 Jose van Sprundel
Nov 25, 2014 Gail Peters
Nov 25, 2014 Lena Mamleeva
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Nov 25, 2014 Kim Fraim
Nov 25, 2014 Sylvia Sassenus
Nov 24, 2014 veronica murillo
Nov 24, 2014 francine murphy
Nov 24, 2014 Suellen Groves
Nov 24, 2014 Tina Napier
Nov 24, 2014 Linda Webb Use clean energy,dont destroy the beauty left in this world please
Nov 24, 2014 Polly Anderson
Nov 24, 2014 Kathy Snawder
Nov 24, 2014 Debra Michalski
Nov 24, 2014 Judith T. Medeiros
Nov 24, 2014 Yas Sami
Nov 24, 2014 Julia Honda
Nov 24, 2014 Denise Kobylarz
Nov 24, 2014 catherine shaw
Nov 24, 2014 Avalon Sperring
Nov 24, 2014 crisel ronquillo
Nov 24, 2014 lorri MacQueen
Nov 24, 2014 Catherine Roberts
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Nov 24, 2014 Kathy Sargent Won't you be happy until all the ecosystems are destroyed??
Nov 24, 2014 Lisa Patti Please pay attention to the data, stop over drilling, and killing off the wildlife that lives there, as well as destroying the ecosystem. So much of this planet has been destroyed, for once don't be the big business cliche.
Nov 24, 2014 Gloria Lenon We are destroying the earth, we are killing animals, we are killing ourselves. Stop!
Nov 24, 2014 Anne Saevig A scientific study including the US Geological Survey showed a 40% decline in polar bears in Alaska and western Canada. Only 2 of 80 cubs tagged survived (L.A.Times, 11.12.14). Please do not allow oil drilling in this increasingly fragile area.
Nov 24, 2014 Deborah Henderson Please leave well enough alone.
Nov 24, 2014 kent driskell
Nov 24, 2014 Carole Shrager
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Nov 24, 2014 Sevda Karagedik
Nov 24, 2014 Edwin Butler
Nov 24, 2014 Alison Zacharis
Nov 24, 2014 Thomas Paul
Nov 24, 2014 Phillida Staddon Can we not just leave things alone instead of messing things up all the time

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