Target: U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
Goal: Stop plans to open the U.S. East Coast up for offshore drilling
Oil barons are officially eyeing the East Coast of the U.S. for offshore drilling. Now that the West Coast has successfully blocked efforts to start offshore drilling in the Pacific Ocean, oil companies have refocused their efforts to the East Coast where more state legislators may be open to accepting this destructive practice.
Repeated destructive incidents and scientific studies have made it clear that offshore drilling is neither a safe nor sustainable practice. Any mishap can send millions of gallons of deadly oil into the ocean, devastating the habitats of nearby fish, marine mammal, and bird species. The Gulf of Mexico is still recovering from the massive BP oil spill and may never be the same. That incident alone should be enough to convince East Coast legislators that offshore drilling is far too risky, especially since it’s far wiser to expand efforts looking into sustainable fuel and energy practices that will carry us into the future. We all know that crude oil is a limited resource, and using it to power vehicles causes massive amounts of air pollution. Widespread environmental destruction is not worth the lower gas prices that will come from increased oil extraction.
By signing this petition, you’ll urge the secretary of the interior that putting the East Coast, its environment, and the economies of several states in danger to appease oil companies is unacceptable. It’s time to put a stop to the clearly unsafe and unsustainable practice of offshore drilling anywhere in U.S. waters.
Dear Secretary Jewell,
As you are no doubt aware, oil companies are now looking to the East Coast as an offshore drilling location, since they failed to find the support necessary on the West Coast. The reasons to avoid opening up waters for offshore drilling are clear, and become clearer every time an offshore drilling operation results in a massive oil spill that devastates both the local environment and the economies of nearby states that rely on fishing and beach tourism.
Even today, the damage from the Gulf Coast BP oil spill continues to negatively affect the region. The chemicals from the oil linger in the water, hurting local species as well as humans. Offshore drilling is far too dangerous to occur anywhere, and should you open up the East Coast for drilling, you’ll be putting the lives of humans and aquatic species in the area at risk. None of this is worth supporting the unsustainable practice of using oil as an energy source. The human race at large would be much better off if our focus was shifted to perfecting new, clean, and sustainable fuels.
I implore you not to cave to greedy and short-sighted oil companies and keep the East Coast waters closed to any offshore drilling. There are many better solutions for high gas prices that don’t involve putting so many at such high risk.
[Your Name Here]
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