Stop Trump From Destroying Oceans With Oil Drilling

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Don’t allow the Trump administration to destroy delicate ocean ecosystems and increase extraction of polluting fossil fuels.

The Trump administration has announced that it will open 90 percent of the continental shelf surrounding the United States to offshore drilling. This plan would open more than a billion acres to drilling in Atlantic and Arctic waters and also eliminate the important safety requirement of a 50-mile buffer between the coast and any drilling operations.

This announcement has received significant opposition from environmental groups as well as Republicans and Democrats, including the governors of California, Oregon, Washington, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Governors and senators from coastal states have expressed concerns that offshore drilling is not only a threat to the environment, but will also devastate tourism and fishing industries.

Although Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has asserted that this is an important step towards American “energy dominance,” both environmentalists and economists question whether fossil fuels are the future of energy. Economists have predicted a downward trend in oil demand as many countries place restrictions on carbon emissions. A recent study by the energy consultancy group Wood Mackenzie has estimated that by 2035, electric vehicles will reduce oil demand by 1.8 million barrels per day. With dramatic improvements in renewable energy technology, solar and wind energy are already cheaper than oil and gas in some countries. These trends indicate that we should be investing in renewables, not increasing the infrastructure related to fossil fuel extraction.

Sign this petition to oppose the opening of America’s coastal waters to oil and gas drilling.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

I am writing to express my extreme disappointment in your decision to allow oil and gas drilling in nearly all of America’s coastal waters. This plan will have extremely detrimental effects on the environment and human health.

Offshore drilling releases toxins like mercury, lead and arsenic into the ocean, presenting a potential threat to humans and animals. Furthermore, accidents on offshore oil rigs are not uncommon and can have catastrophic effects: the Deepwater Horizon oil spill released 4.9 million barrels of oil and killed 11 people. The spill also damaged coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, killed untold numbers of fish and sea turtles, and dramatically increased the number of stillborn dolphins.

Workers tasked with cleaning up the shoreline after the Deepwater Horizon spill experienced negative health effects, including burning eyes and respiratory problems. So far, over 37,500 individuals have filed claims against BP, stating that they experienced health problems due to the oil spill. And this may be only the beginning – health experts expect to see a rise in cancer diagnoses in people exposed to the spill in the coming years.

The expansion of offshore drilling has received bi-partisan opposition. Offshore drilling is dangerous for the environment and human health and threatens coastal economies. Furthermore, fossil fuels worsen climate change, and their use is predicted to fall dramatically in the coming years. For America to be a leader in the world energy market, we need to be investing in renewable energies like wind and solar, not increasing dangerous offshore drilling.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

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29 Comments

  1. WE MUST MOVE INTO THE 21st CENTURY FROM THE DARK AGES OF THE DEADLY TOXIC, GLOBAL INDUSTRIAL DISASTERS ~ STOP CRIMINAL “BUSINESSES” !! YOU CAN LEAD THE WORLD BUT ONLY WHEN SHOW HOW TO USE THE MOST SOUND INTELLIGENT INNOVATION, IN HARMONY WITH MOTHER NATURE WHO FEEDS US ALL !! STOP KILLING LIFE ON THIS PLANET!
    STOP GEOENGINEERING “ACTIVITIES” POLLUTING OUR BLUE SKY AND THE OCEAN WITH DEADLY CONCOCTIONS OF HEAVY METALS+++ AGAIN, AGAIN, AND AGAIN ~ STOP KILLING LIFE ON OUR PLANET RIGHT NOW!!!!!

  2. Don’t drill on our coastlines or Federal protected land. They should be untouched to keep them safe and the sea creatures that live there. Too many accidents occur with drilling hurting our oceans and killing sea mammals and fish for food and the fishing industries. You are being greedy and irresponsible!

  3. Dwayne Denton says:

    I’VE SAID IT BEFORE AND I’LL KEEP SAYING IT THEIR IS BUT ONE WAY TO STOP TRUMP AND HIS TREATSON AND THAT IS DEATH FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND THE NUT JOB’S WHO THINK LIKE HE DOES!THIS MAN AND HIS TRAIN OF THOUGHT ARE GOING TO DISTROY THE WORLD AND EVERYONE ONE IT AND IT’S JUST THAT SIMPLE.HE JUST CAN’T BE ALLOWED TO RUN FREE AND INCHARGE OF A COUNTRY IT JUST WILL NEVER DO

  4. You are the anti-Christ.

  5. Whoever can – go up there in protest! Treat it like the Vietnam war – because it is a war, declared on our environment and the future of this planet!

  6. It’s inhumane to contribute to the poisoning of our environment

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