Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Ask the Obama Administration to release all the information related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
In April 20, 2010, the United States faced one of the worst environmental disasters in history. Over 3 million barrels of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, which is home to many endangered species, including whales and sea turtles. The Obama administration seemed to initially take an aggressive stance against BP and the oil spill; however, recent reports give evidence to the suppression of certain documents and evidence that illustrate the true magnitude of the spill’s effects. The people of the United States have the right to know the whole truth behind the largest oil spill in the nation’s history.
After the BP oil spill, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) traveled around the Gulf of Mexico to observe any damages that may have been caused from the accident. Though a press release was given to the public, the message was brief and minimized the actual consequences of the event.
Greenpeace obtained email correspondences, via the Freedom of Information Act, that clearly show government officials controlling the information that was relayed to them. The messages advise the NOAA not to release any information – even to loved ones. Initial images and reports were blocked until Greenpeace dispatched them to the Guardian recently.
Though discretion is warranted in certain circumstances, the people of the United States should have the right to know the entire truth about their environment and how it is being affected by big corporations. Recently, BP has asked the judge to settle the case for $7.8 billion for the environmental damages they have caused. But the Obama administration should also be held responsible for holding information and images back from the American public. Urge the president to tell the whole story of this awful environmental disaster.
Dear President Barack Obama,
On June 15, 2012, you gave a statement to the American public that the BP oil spill crisis “is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.” Though those aggressive words are encouraging for those who have seen very little progress in the interest of the environment, your administration has prevented information obtained by the NOAA from being released to the public. The American public has the right to know the whole truth.
NOAA was assigned to collect information about the effects of the oil spill. But in their press release, they failed to expose the sheer extent of the damages that may have occurred from the oil spill crisis.
As a president who values the dignity of the working class and the limits of corporations, you should expose all images and data that show the entire picture and the catastrophic damages that have been inflicted on these innocent endangered sea animals in the Gulf of Mexico. I urge you to tell the truth for the American people, and for the wildlife that is quickly declining in population.
[Your Name Here]
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