Target: President Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Do not allow big oil companies to destroy the environment by drilling for oil in the Arctic.
Although experts have stated there is a seventy five percent chance that an oil spill will happen if drilling takes place in the Arctic, the U.S. Department of Interior is now allowing oil companies to purchase leases in order to start this process. If something is not done to stop them, the environment will soon be destroyed.
Because the Arctic is far away from most civilization and because the weather is harsh, there is little chance people will be able to get to an oil spill on time in order to thoroughly clean up the mess. Alarmingly, in summer 2015, Shell Oil will be allowed to drill in the Chukchi Sea, a place that is over one hundred miles away from the nearest Coast Guard station.
Drilling for oil causes temperatures to rise and–in turn–polar ice caps melt faster. Animals are then forced to migrate to smaller and smaller areas, making it so those glaciers quickly become crowded. In addition, scientists predict that if we continue to drill for oil it won’t take long for temperatures to rise another four degrees, making it too warm for humans to be able to withstand.
Sign this petition and tell President Obama that it is important to start utilizing natural energy alternatives. If we don’t make changes now, Earth will likely not be around for our kids in the future.
Dear President Obama,
Your administration has granted permission for companies to once again purchase leases for the purpose of drilling for oil in the Arctic, even though scientists have concluded that there is a seventy five percent chance an oil spill will take place if drilling occurs. If we continue to drill for oil instead of looking for suitable alternatives, we will ultimately destroy our planet.
Since Shell Oil was recently granted a lease, it will be able to start drilling this summer in the Chukchi Sea. Like the rest of the Arctic, this area is located in such a remote place that people will likely not be able to get to a spill quickly enough in order to clean it up properly.
Oil drilling negatively affects the overall climate balance, which in turn melts polar ice caps and forces animals to overcrowd the few ice caps that are left. Even worse, by the middle of the century global temperatures are expected to rise by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. We will then be past the halfway mark of raising the Earth’s temperatures by 6 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point scientist predict human habitation on earth will no longer be possible.
For all of these reasons, I urge you to stand behind this issue and to not allow big oil companies to drill in the Arctic. If we don’t protect the earth now our kids are liable to have a grim future ahead if they will even be here to have any future at all.
[Your Name Here]
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