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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Last Week to Submit Your Photos! Defenders 5th annual photo contest is now in it’s final week, but you still have time to submit your best wildlife and wild lands photos for a chance to win a trip to Yellowstone National Park with renowned wildlife photographer Jess Lee! Failing Report Card on Federal Efforts to Conserve Sage-grouse Analyzing the federal plans for sage-grouse conservation, our experts find some serious problems for this iconic and already imperiled bird. Senate Wakes Up to Climate Change…At Least Some of Them Tonight more than 20 senators will be taking over the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to “wake up” Congress to climate change.