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Shell’s Arctic drilling plan just got Presidential approval

by Rachael Prokop

March 31, 2015

Ice from retreating glacier Borebreen on Svalbard.

© Christian Åslund / Greenpeace

This is outrageous.Today,the Obama administration announced a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and then followed that up by approving Shell’s climate-killing plan to drill in the Arctic.

This is a setback, but were not giving up. Right now, six volunteers aboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza are tailing one of Shell’s drilling rigs across the Pacific, and across the city of Seattle, where Shell’s Arctic fleet is set to dock, concerned residents are mobilizing. And people all over the world are standing up against Shell.

Shell plans to begin exploratory drilling for oil in Arctic waters THIS SUMMER. If drilling happens, oil WILL spill, contaminating waters that Arctic communities and wildlife depend on. Even worse, drilling also threatens the entire planet by fast-tracking catastrophic climate change.With sea ice at its lowest ever this year, it’s time to take action.

Arctic Drilling Protest in Dutch Harbor

Shell thinks its won, but it hasnt accounted for pushback from the environmental community. Over half a million individuals petitioned President Obama and the U.S. government to stop Shells plans and save the Arctic. Our politicians may have caved to the oil industry, but we know were ready to take the next step.

Last time Shell was allowed in the Arctic, it ran the oil rig Kulluk aground off the coast of Alaska, a dangerous accident that put the lives of workers and the Alaskan ecosystem at risk. In a separate incident, a containment dome was crushed like a beer can. Theres no reason to expect that this effort will go any better, and its only a matter of time before oil spills.

Kulluk Prepared for Transport to Asia for Repairs

Any oil spilled in the Arctic will be nearly impossible to clean up. Worse,the scientific journal Nature’s analysis of our climatesays that if were going to avert disaster, we need to keep the Arctics oil reserves in the ground. But Shell and our government are willing to gamble away our childrens future for oil.

This is big news, and we need to act quickly. Were mobilizing thousands of people worldwide to stand up in their communities and take action. Your support today can help make this movement a success can you help us raise $15,000 by April 15?

 

By Rachael Prokop

Rachael is an Online Campaigner with Greenpeace USA.

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