Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Stop sale of Arctic land to be drilled for coal right after victory against oil drillers.
President Obama has reneged on his commitment to the environment by allowing the Department of Interior to place 10.2 billion tons of Arctic coal on federal land up for sale. This move is devastating considering it’s been only a few weeks since Shell announced it would cease Arctic drilling, caving to the pressure of the people who have spoken out against this environmentally hazardous practice. We must continue to fight for the Arctic and stop Obama from allowing Arctic drilling for coal.
Obama has stated throughout his presidency that he desires to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Extracting Arctic coal goes against Obama’s declarations, and we the people deserve an explanation for this latest development in the fight to save the Arctic, because according to Greenpeace, the potential sale has indeed been approved by the President.
America and the rest of world should be transitioning to clean energy. We can no longer afford to utilize fossil fuels. We are destroying the environment at alarming rates and we will ultimately suffer for our actions against the planet. Part of Obama’s presidential legacy has been to reduce climate change. We must remind him of this and encourage him to reverse this decision.
We won against Shell. Not it’s time to demand a full ban on Arctic drilling. Tell Obama to prevent the Department of Interior from placing 10.2 billion tons of Arctic coal up for sale and to place a permanent ban on Arctic drilling.
Dear President Obama,
You have said prior to and throughout your presidency that you support positive steps toward preventing climate change. Unfortunately, your actions have spoken louder than your words.
First, you allowed Shell to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic. Many months and billions of dollars later, Shell has stopped its Arctic drilling. Now you are authorizing the Department of Interior to put 10.2 billion tons of Arctic coal up for sale.
Clearly, your position on climate change is all talk. In order to extract the coal you propose to sale, the precious Arctic must be drilled, and there is plenty of scientific evidence to support the severe and irreparable damage this is causing to this ecosystem.
Positive steps toward climate change also include keeping fossil fuels in the ground where they belong. Drilling for this coal will bring fossil fuels into the environment and continue to encourage America’s dependency upon them. Your presidency was supposed to prevent additional damage to the environment. Your leadership was supposed to encourage clean energy and reduced fossil fuel consumption. Why are you allowing this sale?
As the end of your presidency nears, do the right thing to enhance your legacy as a leader who positively affected climate change. Do not put Arctic coal up for sale and ban Arctic drilling altogether.
[Your Name Here]
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