Right now, Shell’s drilling rigs are getting ready to head to the Arctic Ocean, where they are set to begin drilling for oil when the ice thaws this summer. And just yesterday, the federal government approved Shell’s Arctic Exploration Plan.
This is the closest we’ve ever been to an Arctic environmental catastrophe.
This is not the time to drill for more oil. It is not just the Arctic. Seen the headlines lately? Drought is ravaging California, storms are raging in the Pacific, and polar ice levels are at record lows. All of these are connected directly to climate change caused chiefly by the burning of fossil fuels.
In fact, a study in the journal Nature found that in order for us to avoid the 2 degree temperature rise that scientists say will lead to catastrophic climate change, we need to keep all Arctic oil in the ground.
This is why President Obama needs to rescind Shell’s drilling permit. In the past, he has responded to public pressure, and has spoken strongly on climate change. But we know he won’t act unless he hears from you.
Amazingly, Shell is so close to being able to drill in the Arctic despite the fact that, if it finds and extracts oil, the likelihood of a large spill is 75%. Which means the habitat for countless vulnerable species, including migratory bird and polar bears, is at risk.
We’ve made this a big deal. Shell wanted to drill in the Arctic quietly. But a mass global movement of people like you has already put Shell on the defensive. To win, we will need more people, more passion, and more creativity.
Any time something urgent happens and there’s an opportunity to take action, we’ll make sure you’re the first to know.
For the Arctic,
P.S. President Obama has less than two years remaining in office. If he lets Shell drill, then he will always be remembered as the President who paved the path for the destruction of the Arctic. Ask him to stop Shell and preserve his legacy.