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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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Jul 25, 2014 Rose Brown Please, before something happens.
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Jul 25, 2014 Sara Robinson Please protect our environment for future generations!
Jul 25, 2014 Eli Blake
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Jul 25, 2014 Sue Eliserio
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Jul 25, 2014 Elisabet Jacobsohn Save the arctic from eternal destruction!
Jul 25, 2014 Sevindj Bornak
Jul 24, 2014 Diana Elle
Jul 24, 2014 Barbara Hughes Please don't drill in this ocean we loose so many wildlife every time.
Jul 24, 2014 Marta Sanchez
Jul 24, 2014 Desiree Hermans
Jul 24, 2014 Shana Mokuau
Jul 24, 2014 janice winstanley
Jul 24, 2014 Bonnie D. No drilling should occur AT ALL iin the Arctic Ocean. We cannot destroy one of the last refuges of the Arctic animals who have nowhere else to go. Clean up the energy act and develop that CLEAN energy!!
Jul 24, 2014 Sandra Sicily
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Jul 24, 2014 brenda Abrew no drilling
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Jul 24, 2014 Temma Fishman In addition, burning of fossil fuels contributes to more climate warming, further endangering the Arctic, its people and wildlife.

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