PROTECT OUR OCEANS FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING
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President Obama’s permanent withdrawal of the vast majority of the Arctic Ocean and important parts of the Atlantic from new offshore oil and gas drilling is under attack by President Trump and his dirty-energy allies.
On April 28, Trump issued an order attempting to reverse the Arctic and Atlantic offshore drilling bans and calling for expanded drilling in our oceans. The attempt to jettison Obama’s historic protections for our oceans is unlawful, and we are already challenging it in court.
For years, Earthjustice has been instrumental in preventing risky and rushed oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The case against drilling is clear: The Arctic remains one of the most vulnerable places on earth to climate change, warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. The rapid warming is putting tremendous strain on the Arctic’s diverse wildlife and people. Experts agree an oil spill in the Arctic would be catastrophic and could not be contained in these remote, icy, and stormy seas. And any oil found there would not come to market for decades, when we need to be rapidly transitioning away from fossil fuels.
Drilling in the protected areas of the Atlantic could harm unique and critical habitat for whales, swordfish, and sea turtles and threaten the region’s vibrant fishing and tourism industry. Public opposition to Atlantic drilling is strong and growing. To date, 120 East Coast cities, more than 12,000 businesses, and 400,000 commercial fishing families want new offshore drilling permanently banned.
Trump’s reversal of the ban on new drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans would open fragile and priceless coastal ecosystems to damage from pollution and spills, pose immeasurable risk to wildlife and communities, and accelerate global climate disruption.
It’s just not worth it. Tell congressional leaders that they should condemn Trump’s attempt to re-open the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to new drilling. Urge them to add their voices to the majority of Americans who support permanently protecting these sensitive and irreplaceable waters.
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