This Thursday we'll deliver more than 1 million comments to #KeepItInTheGround - including yours. Click here to join our Thunderclap and make sure everyone knows why Obama must ban all offshore oil drilling.
We had a huge victory when coastal communities and nearly half a million Americans (including over 20,000 Environmental Action members) demanded President Obama protect the Atlantic Ocean from offshore drilling. He listened, and took all new Atlantic oil drilling off the table in his five year plan for drilling.1
Now, we have another opportunity to stop dangerous drilling plans before it starts, but we need to be louder than ever before. Together with our allies across the #KeepItInTheGround movement, this Thursday we'll deliver more than 1 million signatures to President Obama calling for a ban on offshore drilling in the Arctic and the Gulf too. And to make sure they get the message, we're setting up this Thunderclap action.
Thunderclap is a tool that let's us all schedule a message to #KeepItInTheGround for the same time - in this case 3 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, June 16. At the appointed hour, Thunderclap broadcasts the message far and wide using our collected twitter and Facebook accounts - creating a massive wave of actions on social media that President Obama cannot ignore. Click here to join our Thunderclap before the deadline on Thursday & broadcast this message far and wide.
Drilling in the Arctic is a terrible idea -- intense cold, rough waters and a lack of cleanup crews make a disastrous spill more likely, and harder to clean up. The oil in the Arctic wouldn't even be possible to access for Big Oil companies if global warming hadn't already melted so much sea ice and extended the warm-season.2 Which is probably why Obama previously nixed Shell's disastrous plans to drilling the arctic, and is now rumored to be leaning against new Arctic leases in this five year BOEM plan.3
But the vast majority of new oil drilling BOEM is considering is in the Gulf of Mexico - 10 out of 13 remaining leases, in fact.4 This region has been used as a pollution sacrifice zone for decades. From Keystone XL’s southern leg to new oil and gas export facilities, too often the Gulf of Mexico gets the drilling, spilling and pollution of the oil and gas industry. To add insult to injury, companies like BP, Exxon and Shell can often lease public lands like the ones BOEM is proposing to auction in this plan for as little as $2 an acre.5 And local communities including the United Houma Nation and Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw are on the verge of paying the ultimate price for decades of oil drilling and neglect: their land, their homes and their way of life.6 Enough is enough!
Participating in the Thunderclap is a great way for us to send a collective message to Obama right at the end of this comment period. To participate, just click here before the deadline on Thursday - signing up for the Thunderclap does NOT grant them access to your social media accounts or your friends, it just schedules you to share our message at 3 p.m. ET this Thursday.
Drew and the Keep it In the Gulf Crew at Environmental Action.
PS - If you can, please also chip in $15, $25 or whatever you can afford to help us fight to stop ALL offshore drilling - in the Arctic, in the Gulf, the Atlantic AND the Pacific.
1 - Suzanne Goldenberg, Obama bans oil drilling along Atlantic seaboard, The Guardian, March 15, 2016
2 - Eric Wolff, Andrew Restuccia, Alex Guillén, Annie Snider, and Nick Juliano, MAIL CALL: Dem Senators to Interior: Keep it in the ground, for realz, Politico Morning Energy, June 07, 2016
3 - Samantha Page, Environmentalists Hope Obama And Trudeau’s Arctic Agreement Leads To Ban On Drilling, Think Progress, March 10, 2016
4 - BOEM, 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program
5 - Rainforest Action network, Public Lands, Private Profits, September 28, 2015
6 - Davenport, Coral and Robertson, Campbell. Resettling the First American 'Climate Refugees.' New York Times. May 3, 2016.