The following is an action alert I received from Oceana. I get a lot of action alerts like this and while I think they are important and I sign them, I don’t normally include them as posts on here. But from time to time I receive one that I think needs a full re-post. Like this one.
The Arctic is a beautiful but harsh landscape of frozen seas and subzero temperatures.
These conditions are perfect for polar bears, whales, walruses, seals, and other hardy Arctic marine animals that make it home. But they spell disaster in the inevitable event of an offshore drilling accident.
We don’t know enough about the Arctic to predict the impact of offshore drilling. We need sound science before we allow offshore drilling in these conditions.
Last week, President Obama’s commission on the BP oils spill told the federal government that better science and preparedness are needed before pursing more drilling. The message could not be clearer: we are not prepared to make decisions, let alone drill, in Arctic waters.
Subzero temperatures, massive waves, and frozen seas spell disaster in the inevitable event of an Arctic oil spill. There is no proven method of cleaning up an oil spill in Arctic conditions. There are no trained personnel or equipment in the region capable of carrying out an effective response plan.
Climate change is already damaging the homes of Arctic animals and impacting the indigenous communities that rely on a healthy Arctic Ocean. Why risk disastrous offshore drilling?
For the oceans,
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