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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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I urge you to co-sponsor legislation that keeps our oceans off-limits to offshore drilling

Dear Congressperson,

I urge you to speak out against President Trump's attempt to re-open the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to new oil and gas drilling.

Wherever it happens, offshore drilling is risky and takes us in the wrong direction in combatting climate change. Expanding drilling in our Arctic and Atlantic oceans would put sensitive marine ecosystems, coastal residents and businesses, and our climate at grave risk. It would lock in decades of carbon pollution and contribute to sea level rise and extreme weather from the changing climate. It increases the likelihood of oil spills that would foul beaches, kill wildlife, and wreak havoc on marine ecosystems and coastal communities.

Our publicly-owned waters should be preserved and protected, not turned over to private oil and gas companies. Trump's order re-opening the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to new drilling denies science, the law, and the majority of Americans who want the federal government to invest in clean energy and protect, not industrialize, these pristine waters. I urge you to add your voice to the effort to safeguard these waters by co-sponsoring legislation that keeps our oceans off-limits to new offshore drilling.

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