Target: United States Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz
Goal: Stop expansion of offshore drilling into the Atlantic.
A draft for a five-year plan that allows oil drilling off the Atlantic coast was released by the Obama Administration. The administration is calling it a “balanced proposal,” but the harms involved in offshore drilling cannot be seen as acceptable. The drafted plan appears to be protective, making the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas in the Arctic off-limits, but really it allows the Atlantic to be opened up to offshore drilling.
Offshore drilling presents a host of negative effects for both marine life and coastal communities. Coastal community economies are dependent upon tourism and fishing. Expanding offshore drilling increases the risks of oil spills, which ruin our beaches and harm all those who work on, live on, or visit our coasts. Oil spills harm more than just onshore life, as it destroys all marine life in its path. Spills traverse vast distances quickly and kill the marine plant and animal life in their path. Even when spills are cleaned, they leave lasting wounds that decrease marine life’s ability to grow and reproduce.
Even without a spill, offshore drilling is a major pollutant. Oil drills produce drilling mud containing toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and other chemicals used to lubricate the drill. Oil wells pull up seawater along with the oil that they drill for. This seawater is contaminated with benzene, arsenic, lead, and many other toxic chemicals, and is dumped right back into the ocean. A single platform will discharge hundreds of thousands of gallons of this contaminated seawater daily.
The Obama Administration cited the benefits of this five-year plan to be around 840,000 new jobs. However, there are many alternative plans for job creation within the field of energy that are less harmful, including renewable energy. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute produced a statistic stating that in 2006 alone, renewable energy created close to 8 million jobs.
By signing the petition below, you will urge United States Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz to stop this five-year plan that allows drilling in the Atlantic.
Dear Dr. Ernest Moniz,
The five-year plan President Barack Obama’s Administration drafted for offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean must be revised. The effort to protect the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas in the Arctic is commendable, but to allow offshore drilling in the Atlantic includes too much danger. Not only will Atlantic offshore drilling present serious harms to marine life, but it will also threaten coastal communities that are dependent upon tourism and fishing.
I am urging you to save our marine life and protect our coastal communities from the dangers and harms that offshore drilling present. Please take action to advise a less disastrous energy plan and demand the protection of our marine life and coastal communities.
[Your Name Here]
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