Stop Big Oil From Drilling in the Arctic

Arctic Ocean

Target: President Obama, President of the United States

Goal: Do not allow big oil companies to destroy the environment by drilling for oil in the Arctic.

Although experts have stated there is a seventy five percent chance that an oil spill will happen if drilling takes place in the Arctic, the U.S. Department of Interior is now allowing oil companies to purchase leases in order to start this process. If something is not done to stop them, the environment will soon be destroyed.

Because the Arctic is far away from most civilization and because the weather is harsh, there is little chance people will be able to get to an oil spill on time in order to thoroughly clean up the mess. Alarmingly, in summer 2015, Shell Oil will be allowed to drill in the Chukchi Sea, a place that is over one hundred miles away from the nearest Coast Guard station.

Drilling for oil causes temperatures to rise and–in turn–polar ice caps melt faster. Animals are then forced to migrate to smaller and smaller areas, making it so those glaciers quickly become crowded. In addition, scientists predict that if we continue to drill for oil it won’t take long for temperatures to rise another four degrees, making it too warm for humans to be able to withstand.

Sign this petition and tell President Obama that it is important to start utilizing natural energy alternatives. If we don’t make changes now, Earth will likely not be around for our kids in the future.


Dear President Obama,

Your administration has granted permission for companies to once again purchase leases for the purpose of drilling for oil in the Arctic, even though scientists have concluded that there is a seventy five percent chance an oil spill will take place if drilling occurs. If we continue to drill for oil instead of looking for suitable alternatives, we will ultimately destroy our planet.

Since Shell Oil was recently granted a lease, it will be able to start drilling this summer in the Chukchi Sea. Like the rest of the Arctic, this area is located in such a remote place that people will likely not be able to get to a spill quickly enough in order to clean it up properly.

Oil drilling negatively affects the overall climate balance, which in turn melts polar ice caps and forces animals to overcrowd the few ice caps that are left. Even worse, by the middle of the century global temperatures are expected to rise by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. We will then be past the halfway mark of raising the Earth’s temperatures by 6 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point scientist predict human habitation on earth will no longer be possible.

For all of these reasons, I urge you to stand behind this issue and to not allow big oil companies to drill in the Arctic. If we don’t protect the earth now our kids are liable to have a grim future ahead if they will even be here to have any future at all.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Vinay Deep via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. I am extremely interested in trying to help the world become a better place, just look at my website. However not complete at this time, I would appreciate some help and would love to have petitions on my page. Change does need to be forced at this time in history. I am recently unemployed due to bad labor laws and am hungry to help the planet before I get caught up in another brain dead 9 – 5. This shit has got to stop!


    A very concerned individual.

  2. What are you trying to do??? Don’t you read and listen to the television GOLBAL WARMING doesn’t ring A BELL TO YOU ???

  3. Michael Guest says:

    They made a big mistake. Drilling for oil is too risky, and a bad idea. It puts the Arctic at huge risk of a spill that could damage the environment where the wildlife live. This proposal needs to be stopped now. Keep our planet and the environment protected. Very important.

  4. Stan Benton says:

    I consider Obama’s approval of this drilling, especially for Shell which he just OKd, to be treasonous.

  5. “The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future – deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities and the spread of disease.” — The World Watch Institute

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