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The biggest company in the world is days away from drilling for oil in the Alaskan Arctic

Dear friends across the USA,

An epic struggle for survival is unfolding in the pristine Arctic– but instead of finding a plan to save it, our government is allowing Shell to go in and drill for oil. Click below to call US Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson and urge her to stop Shell and save the Arctic!

The biggest company in the world is days away from drilling for oil in the Alaskan Arctic, a breeding ground for whales and polar bears. The Environmental Protection Agency can stop them, but it’s up to us to demand they do and save the Arctic now.

EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, can right now withdraw Shell’s Arctic permit because the company is unable to meet air pollution controls for their ships, violating the terms of the permit. Environmental activists are raising the alarm, but unless we make it a huge scandal, Shell will use its muscle and the Arctic will be open for the oil business.

Lisa Jackson has stood up to the energy industry before, but Shell is a Goliath that won’t be easily knocked back. We are running out of time — let’s make this decision the line in the sand that protects this great wilderness from becoming an oil field. Call Lisa Jackson now on 202-564-4700 and urge her to save the Arctic— then let’s share our experience and thoughts by posting a comment at the link below.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_arctic_call_in/?bBbiodb&v=16618

Here are some suggestions for things to say:

  1. Shell has violated the terms of its Arctic permit by failing to meet the air quality requirements specified for ships.
  2. This violation means that Shell should be refused permission to drill in the Arctic right now.
  3. As a US citizen concerned about the demise of the Arctic and the threat of climate change, I urge you to fully revoke Shell’s Arctic drilling permit.
  4. The Arctic is one of the world’s last untouched environments. It is a treasure that should be protected for future generations to enjoy not opened up for oil companies to make more profits and further destroy our planet.
  5. You can stop the charge for Arctic drilling. If you revoke Shell’s permit now it will send a clear message that the government is serious about preservation and the future of the planet. If you fail to revoke Shell’s permit it will state clearly that the government puts polluters profits before people and our planet.
The Arctic is melting faster than most scientists predicted. Climate change is driving dangerous temperature rises — just last week, a chunk of a glacier nearly 40 kilometres long broke off Greenland. Some estimates predict that in just 4 years, the arctic will be completely free of ice in the summer months.

Yet for some this planetary disaster is the 21st century gold rush. Companies and countries who hope to make billions are lining up to frantically grab their share of oil, gas, and minerals.

This is a simple decision: the people and planet’s future or increasing Big Oil’s profits with a 40% possibility of a catastrophic oil spill. If Lisa Jackson gives Shell the permit now then Exxon, Chevron and the rest of Big Oil will cover these beautiful icy landscapes with dirty rigs, pumps and pipes. Let’s now urge Lisa Jackson to stop Shell before it’s too late – Call the EPA now: 202-564-4700 and then leave a comment here:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_arctic_call_in/?bBbiodb&v=16618

Arctic drilling has already been condemned by the Insurance companies, the US Coast Guard, and in the last week, Greenpeace and others have been taking to the streets. But to stop this madness we all need to join together to target the one person that can stop it. Let’s ensure that the Arctic is saved from the danger of drilling and instead protected as a global treasure.

With hope,

Iain, Alice, Sam, David, Aldine, Diego, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz team

More information and sources:

Rolling Stone: “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math”
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719

The Guardian: “Arctic wilderness faces pollution threats as oil and gas giants target its riches”
 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/22/arctic-ice-melting-oil-drilling

Dutch News: “Shell is ‘world’s biggest company’”
http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2012/07/shell_heads_global_500_list.php

New York Times: “Shell Seeks to Weaken Air Rules for Arctic Drilling”
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/13/shell-seeks-to-weaken-air-rules-for-arctic-drilling/

LA Times — “What if an oil spill happened at an Arctic well?”
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/06/nation/la-na-oil-arctic-20100506

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