President Obama announced this week that he plans to open vast sections of protected coastlines to oil and gas drilling.1
This is a really terrible idea. We need to break our addiction to oil, not feed it. And especially with clean energy solutions like wind and solar, it makes no sense to destroy our pristine coasts for oil.
The good news is that some progressives in the Senate have said that they're really going to fight this.2 We need to help them push back by showing that voters don't want more off-shore oil drilling.
That's why we're launching a petition urging President Obama to drop his plan for more off-shore oil drilling. We'll also share the petition with your representatives in Congress to make sure they're hearing the public opposition as well. Clicking here will add your name:
The petition says, "President Obama: Say no to more offshore oil drilling. We need clean energy."There are so many reasons to say no to off-shore drilling. First, wind and solar power create two to three times more jobs than oil.3 But countries like China and Germany are taking the lead in the renewable energy race while we're wasting time and money on oil drilling.4
Off-shore drilling will kill jobs in struggling coastal tourist towns and fishing communities.5 But economists agree that it will do nothing to lower gas prices.6 Since we consume so much more oil than we could ever produce, new drilling will not reduce our dependence on oil from the Middle East.7
Finally, off-shore drilling is incredibly dirty. One oil spill is all it takes to destroy an ecosystem, and oil spills still happen every day.8
We know President Obama cares about clean energy, and he's shown he's willing to rethink his position when necessary. But we need to let him know right now that he's way off track here. Click here to add your name to the petition:
Thanks for all you do.
–Steven, Adam, Kat, Lenore, and the rest of the team
1. "Obama Details Plan to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling," The New York Times, March 31, 2010
2. "N.J. senators, environmental groups oppose Obama's offshore drilling plan," The (Newark) Star-Ledger, March 31, 2010
3. "The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy," Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, June 18, 2009
4. "We Must Seize the Energy Opportunity or Slip Further Behind," Center for American Progress, April 20, 2009
5. "Offshore oil drilling has cost tourism industry before," PolitiFact, August 26th, 2009
6. "McCain's drilling won't dent gas prices," PolitiFact, June 19, 2009
7. "Impacts of Increased Access to Oil and Natural Gas Resources in the Lower 48 Federal Outer Continental Shelf," Energy Information Administration, accessed March 31, 2010
8. "Spills and Accidents Database," The Right To Know Network, accessed March 31, 2010
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