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Make a Call for the Arctic!

Shell Oil will not be drilling in America’s Arctic in 2013 -- but we need to make sure they and other oil companies are not allowed to drill next year either!

After a Shell drilling ship ran aground off the coast of Alaska on New Year's Eve, the Obama administration finally stepped up and spent 60 days reviewing Shell's readiness to drill for oil in the Polar Bear Seas. They concluded is that Shell was not capable of safely drilling in the seas. The last year has been a litany of failure for Shell:  its drill ships lost control, caught fire, ran aground, damaged oil spill clean-up equipment, and came under criminal investigation.

Call President Obama and ask him to immediately cancel Shell's drilling permits and refuse any future attempts to drill in the Polar Bear Seas.

 

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Polar Bears Steven Kazlowski

Instructions:

To reach the White House, call 202-456-1111 by 5:00pm EST. You can read the script below or use the talking points if you like. After you make your call, please fill out the form to the right to let us know how it went!

Script:

I want to thank President Obama for recognizing the many problems with Shell Oil's 2012 plans for drilling in Alaska's Polar Bear Seas. On the anniversary week of the Exxon Valdez spill, I'm calling to urge President Obama to go a step further and declare America's Arctic off-limits to dangerous drilling in the future.

Talking points:

  • Shell's numerous problems -- drilling ships running aground, cleanup equipment breaking down, and not complying with clean air protections -- show that drilling in the Arctic is not safe and should not be allowed for any oil company.
  • The Arctic is also facing enormous challenges from climate disruption and is warming at twice the speed of the rest of the earth. Drilling for oil, which just makes climate change worse, is a double-whammy that the Arctic can't afford.
  • The Beaufort and Chukchi Seas -- also known as the Polar Bear Seas -- are home to 20% of the earth's polar bears, as well as seals, whales, and hundreds of species of migratory birds. An oil spill in these waters would be devastating to these wildlife as we’ve seen in the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Alaska's waters and the Gulf Oil Disaster just a few years ago.
  • The Polar Bear Seas are dark for 2 months out of the year and covered in thick sea ice, making clean-up of a potential spill incredibly difficult, if not impossible. 
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