Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Encourage President Obama to support foreign efforts toward clean energy
In wake of recent reports that our environment may be worse off than we initially believed, countries all across the globe have been making considerable efforts to protect the planet. One such attempt by the European Union states that by 2020 harmful transportation fuels will be reduced, at least by 6%. They’ve also labeled tar sands, a type of sand saturated with a viscous form of petroleum that, when burned, release 12% more greenhouse gasses into the environment than conventional methods, as one of the dirtiest sources of oil.
When U.S. oil refiners caught wind of Europe’s proposed rule, they not only disagreed with it, they sought to sabotage it. Using connections with the United States Trade Representative, companies like BP, ExxonMobil and the Chevron Corporation are initiating a new trade agreement that would weaken Europe’s plan exponentially. What’s worse is that the U.S. Trade Representative has joined forces with Big Oil to raise unnecessary doubt about tar sands, knowingly deterring the public from believing that we are in the midst of an environmental war.
Last year, President Obama vowed to support clean energy by rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline if it proved detrimental to our planet. If President Obama really cares, he must also demand that the U.S. Trade Representative uphold his promise as well — a promise they’re actively sullying by siding with Big Oil.
The European Union’s efforts must be supported, as it’s not enough to protect our own soil; we must support international efforts towards cleaner energy as well for a more sustainable planet. By signing this petition you’ll tell President Obama to remain vigilant against Big Oil’s ruses and support foreign efforts towards clean energy.
Dear President Obama,
It has come to my attention that the U.S. Trade Representative is negotiating trade agreements that would ultimately weaken Europe’s efforts to reduce harmful transportation fuel emissions in the environment and the use of tar sands as a source of energy. As an active supporter of a more sustainable planet, this should shock you, as the U.S. Trade Representative taints your efforts for the sake of profit.
Europe is making a commendable effort toward cleaner forms of energy and it isn’t enough that we, the United States, protect our own soil; we must support international efforts as well.
I urge you to rectify this situation by simply making your stance on clean energy and a cleaner climate absolutely bulletproof. Our livelihoods greatly depend on it.
[Your Name Here]
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