|Shell has just announced that it will attempt to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic again next year.
Tell President Obama to pull Shell’s permits and save the Arctic by taking action today.
Shell is heading to the pristine Alaskan Arctic next year to drill for oil.
There’s a reason this sounds familiar. The company tried the same thing back in 2012 until a series of mishaps, general incompetence and the activism of millions of people from around the world put an end to its plans.
Shell will stop at nothing to get at the oil it believes is under the Arctic. As a senior Shell official reminded the world last week, drilling for oil in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea is “the single largest exploration prospect in the Shell Group.” The stakes couldn’t be higher for Shell or the environment.
Stopping Shell is simple: President Obama has the power to pull Shell’s drilling permits any time he wants. But it’s going to take overwhelming public support for the President to do the right thing and stand up to Big Oil.
Help us send 75,000 messages before Thanksgiving by taking action right now demanding that President Obama pull Shell’s permits and keep oil companies out of the Arctic for good.
The destruction of one of the last pristine places on Earth and the prospect of runaway climate change mean little to companies like Shell and its Arctic drilling Russian counterpart Gazprom. It’s all about the financial bottom-line.
These companies will go to great lengths to silence opposition. Nowhere is this clearer than in Russia where 28 Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists are currently facing lengthy prison sentences for peacefully protesting Arctic drilling.
We can’t back down. No matter how far those in power go to silence the people who speak out against Arctic oil drilling and environmental destruction. You can stand with these activists in Russia by taking action today demanding that President Obama pull Shell’s permits to drill in the Arctic.
I believe the campaign to save the Arctic will be one of the defining environmental fights of this generation.
It’s an opportunity to say ‘enough.’ Enough to environmental destruction in the name of profit. Enough to our reliance on fossil fuels that is driving runaway climate change. Enough to the corporate control of our democracy.
Together we can do something big and it starts with keeping Shell out of the Alaskan Arctic in 2014.
For the Arctic and its people,
Nicky Davies Greenpeace USA Campaigns Director
PS. Shell just announced plans to drill in the Arctic next summer. If we want to stop runaway climate change and protect one of the last unspoiled places on Earth, that can’t happen. Tell President Obama to pull Shell’s drilling permits and keep oil companies out of the Arctic for good.