America's Arctic is ground zero for the devastating impacts of climate change – warming at about twice the rate of the rest of the world. Yet, President Obama is considering authorizing new offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean, including offering new future drilling leases. This not only threatens Arctic wildlife but could unleash an estimated 15.8 billion tons of CO2 into our atmosphere – more than all US cars and light trucks will emit for the next 13 years!
America’s Arctic is ground zero for climate change. The indicators are everywhere: permafrost is melting, shorelines are washing away forcing communities to relocate and we’ve seen record low ice cover in the Arctic Ocean. To add insult to injury, Shell Oil and other Big Oil companies want to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean which would release an additional 15.8 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere.
Shell’s long list of setbacks and failures over the last year – coupled with the extreme risk for oil spills and further climate destruction in an already fragile ecosystem – provides overwhelming evidence that the oil and gas industry is not prepared to operate safely in the Arctic Ocean.
President Obama, your climate legacy starts by saying no to Arctic Ocean drilling.