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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.


Petition Signatures

Dec 28, 2014 Robbie Ferm
Dec 28, 2014 Ruth Reynolds
Dec 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 28, 2014 Noreen Newmark
Dec 28, 2014 Sally Pulford Please start protecting our country. What the heck are you thinking allowing drilling in the Artic Ocean. Let's clean up the messes already at hand. Sincerely, Sally Pulford
Dec 27, 2014 Jessica Rucker
Dec 27, 2014 Chay Krasner
Dec 27, 2014 Jerome Vidy
Dec 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 26, 2014 Crys Carithers
Dec 26, 2014 Tracy Nguyen
Dec 26, 2014 Manuela Masella
Dec 26, 2014 Thomas Ebner
Dec 26, 2014 Brittney Walters
Dec 24, 2014 Jessica Escue
Dec 24, 2014 Diane Tullia
Dec 24, 2014 Jenn Reichling this has got to stop. where is our alternative energy? there will be a Revolution in this country/ for sustainable energy food and the environment.
Dec 24, 2014 Rebecca Orahood
Dec 24, 2014 Lukas Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Gabriel Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Gudrun Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Zachary Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Coral Sawatzky
Dec 23, 2014 Helen Holder
Dec 23, 2014 Aliyah Ramdin
Dec 23, 2014 Tristan Jacques
Dec 23, 2014 Jozef Oud No drilling in the ARCTIC!
Dec 22, 2014 Bruce Conlin
Dec 22, 2014 Jaroslava Novakova
Dec 22, 2014 amena easmin
Dec 22, 2014 Barbara Carpenter
Dec 22, 2014 Danielle Bartlett
Dec 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 22, 2014 robin hersh Than you for reading my letter. I hope you will find it in your heart to prevent drilling for oil in the arctic. Help us save the remaining polar bears and others who depend on those waters for their lives.
Dec 22, 2014 Liz Roman
Dec 22, 2014 courtney weller
Dec 22, 2014 Allison Wehrle
Dec 22, 2014 Mary-jo O'Brien
Dec 22, 2014 cheryle mahoney
Dec 22, 2014 Susan Grubnick
Dec 22, 2014 Amanda Malmsberry
Dec 22, 2014 Wendy Heiden
Dec 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 22, 2014 Jackie Watson
Dec 22, 2014 Margareth Ruffell
Dec 22, 2014 jeanne clarke
Dec 22, 2014 moni martinez we have enough of big buisness destroying mother earth , please leave the cold climate areas for those animals who really need it.
Dec 22, 2014 Dusan Hejbal
Dec 22, 2014 Briana Hampton As a future Marine Biologist I find it important to take part in as much as I possibly can. And to stand up for the rights of the animals I so dearly love.

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