Obama's Arctic Oil Drilling & His New Oil Addiction Plan for America
by, 14th April 2010 at 09:51 AM (1445 Views)
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Mr. Barack Obama may have won votes with his campaign promises of "no new drilling," but last week President Obama outdid good old George W. Bush with his new Oil Addiction Plan for America.
The Obama Administration's plan begins with exploring for oil this summer on illegal leases in the Arctic Ocean and continues its path of destruction with a host of new offshore oil and gas leases throughout the United States in the coming years, including in the Arctic.
This particular 'broken promise' has a critical price tag!
The Arctic is already paying the price for our addiction to oil and simply cannot handle more drilling.
The area Obama wants to open up to exploratory drilling this summer is home to threatened polar bears, endangered bowhead whales, beluga whales, walrus, seals, threatened spectacled and Steller's eiders, countless other birds, and more than 100 species of fish.
Many of these species are already losing their habitat and food to global warming and ocean acidification.
A single oil spill in this fragile environment could spell catastrophe for the entire Arctic ecosystem.
While President Obama had the foresight to remove Alaska's Bristol Bay from the current drilling plan because of its unique marine resources, the Chukchi and Beaufort seas are just as important and equally fragile and should receive the same level of protection.
Please take action now to hold President Obama to his promise of no new Arctic oil drilling.
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Subject: No Drilling in the Arctic
I write to comment on the Department of the Interior's new Outer Continental Shelf Preliminary Revised Oil and Gas Leasing Program 2007 - 2012 (revised program) announced by President Barack Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on March 31.
My comments specifically focus on the plan's impacts on the Arctic Ocean.
I commend the removal of Bristol Bay from the revised program.
As home to one of the world's richest fisheries and habitat for the highly endangered north pacific right whale.
Bristol Bay is a national treasure that must be protected!
However, I am very disappointed that President Obama's proposal would allow harmful exploratory drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas to move forward this summer.
Like Bristol Bay, the Chukchi and Beaufort seas are both biologically rich and extremely fragile.
They are home to America's only populations of threatened polar bears, Pacific walrus, and many ice seal species.
These iconic species are quickly losing their sea-ice habitat to global warming.
It defies logic to open up this fragile, melting environment to dirty, industrial oil and gas development that will only add to the global warming imperiling the Arctic.
Furthermore, I believe the Chukchi leases being explored were issued illegally and should therefore be revoked.
You are correct that the Chukchi and Beaufort seas warrant further study, but conducting studies while allowing exploration to proceed is irrational.
In order to truly protect the people and environment of the Arctic, you must not allow exploration and development of the current leases in the Arctic.
Please take action by May 3, 2010.
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