Target: U.S. President Barack Obama
Goal: Condemn the Obama administration for using the National Security Administration to spy on international climate talks
Newly-leaked National Security Agency documents reveal that the NSA spied on other countries’ climate positions before and during the international Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. NSA documents, leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, contain information about China’s plan to coordinate its position with India, as well as advance information of the Danish plan to salvage the talks in case they started to fail. Some analysts suspect that the spying may have helped the Obama administration get its way in the negotiations. The documents show that the NSA worked to provide policymakers with other countries’ preparations, goals, and negotiation strategies for the conference. The information the NSA obtained was used to brief U.S. officials, including President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
Other countries have been expressing their outrage after learning about the NSA’s monitoring of other governments’ climate discussions at the summit. This could seriously damage other countries’ trust in the U.S., thus significantly affecting negotiations in the future.
By signing the petition below, you are helping to condemn the Obama administration for spying on other countries during important climate change talks in order to preserve U.S. interests.
Dear President Obama,
Using the National Security Agency to spy on other countries during their climate change deliberations is an abomination. You have jeopardized other countries’ trust in the U.S. to participate in global efforts to fight climate change. You had an unfair advantage in obtaining advance information from other countries, which indicates your intention to sabotage climate change negotiations.
The planet is in critical need of regulations to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. As one of the leading countries in emitting greenhouse gases, the U.S. needs to make serious efforts to prevent catastrophic disasters caused by global warming. Every country on this planet needs to unite and take action in the fight against climate change. Instead, the NSA documents demonstrate that the priority of the U.S. lies in self-serving interests rather than in protecting future generations from the dangerous effects of climate change.
I hope these leaked NSA documents exposing your dishonesty will provoke you to take drastic measures in the U.S. to combat global warming. I urge you to honestly commit to protecting the environment and future generations from catastrophic climate change.
[Your Name Here]
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