18 May 2012 1.1 Million Americans Say No to Arctic Ocean Oil Drilling Posted by: William Lutz | 1 comment | Share: Over 1 million signed petitions Scores of anti-drilling activists gathered on Tuesday outside the White House to deliver pleas from 1.1 million Americans urging President Obama to revoke his decision to offer millions of acres of the ocean for sale to oil companies. Alaska’s Chukchi sea is teeming with an incredible array of wildlife and is home to imperiled creatures such as polar bears, bowhead whales and spectacled eiders. Despite the importance and fragility of this region, the Obama administration agreed to let the Shell Oil Company drill there this summer. If a spill occurs in these waters, it could be far more difficult and costly to clean up than even the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Defenders’ staffers Lauren and Kaitlyn participated in the White House event organized by Alaska Wilderness League in cooperation with several other conservation groups including Sierra Club, 350.org, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Credo Action. Defenders staffers Lauren and Kaitlyn “I was thrilled to be a part of yesterday’s demonstration,” said Lauren. “While T-shirts, costumes and banners are designed to get attention, the real force behind the event was the more than one million voices our rally group represented. The Arctic may be very far away, but we all need to remember that our actions have profound effects on the region and we are ultimately responsible for those actions.” One Response to “1.1 Million Americans Say No to Arctic Ocean Oil Drilling” Dr. Peter Reinke June 17th, 2012 For outstanding efforts to help safeguard the Arctic, Barney will award you with a “Rescue the Arctic” pin (http://marty-creations.save-the-arctic.com/?p=444). We wish you all the best! Best regards Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover? What Montana Isn’t Saying: Why Wild Bison Aren’t Welcome in the State Montana is rounding up wild bison as they leave Yellowstone National Park and shipping them to slaughter. But why?