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. There are significant gaps in information about this region and about how it may be affected by oil drilling. And no technology currently exists to clean up oil spilled in these frozen and remote seas.
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 thrives 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.
An appeals court in January ordered the Department of the Interior to reconsider its decision to offer millions of acres of oil leases in the Chukchi Sea. A National Academy of Sciences report in April confirmed that the lack of infrastructure in the Arctic “is a significant liability in the event of a large oil spill.” Shell’s attempts to drill in the Arctic Ocean in 2012 were a disaster, leading to the grounding of its drill ship, pollution fines, and multiple government investigations.
The message is clear—drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean is a very bad idea.
Urge Secretary Jewell to say no to offshore oil drilling in these remote waters.