President Obama on the verge of allowing new Atlantic offshore drilling

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Tell President Obama: No new offshore oil drilling

Petition to President Obama and the Department of the Interior
"New offshore drilling endangers our coasts and makes global warming worse. Don't allow new offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic, Arctic, Gulf of Mexico, or anywhere else."

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Dear 5849376,

Right now, President Obama is on the verge of opening new U.S. coastal areas to offshore drilling. It's one of the last major environmental and climate decisions he'll make as president.

The president's Department of the Interior released a draft plan early last year to open up new areas of the Atlantic coast, Arctic and Gulf of Mexico to new offshore drilling.1 The agency is finalizing the plan now, and recent reports suggest President Obama is moving forward with new offshore drilling.2

For the sake of our oceans, and the urgent need to transition from dirty fossil fuels, it would be a huge mistake for President Obama to allow new offshore drilling on federal waters.

Tell President Obama: Don't open our oceans to new offshore drilling. Click here to sign the petition

New offshore drilling directly contradicts and undermines the president's recent climate leadership,3 including helping to lead the way toward the historic international climate change deal last year in Paris, and announcing in January a moratorium on new coal sales on federal lands.

Since rolling out his draft plan last year the need to fight climate change has only gotten more urgent, and the rate at which our planet is warming continues to alarm scientists. As "absurdly warm" temperatures have have pushed the Arctic to the lowest winter sea ice levels ever, last week — for the first time in human history — the Northern Hemisphere breached the 2 degrees Celsius warming threshold.4

And of course, the risk of another disaster like the BP oil spill is all too real. Both Democratic presidential candidates,5 and even conservative Democrats like Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, have come out against new Atlantic drilling.6

We can't risk another offshore catastrophe — and the science is clear that 80 percent of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground. President Obama must protect our oceans and our climate by putting a stop to the plans to open new coastal areas to offshore drilling.

Tell President Obama: No new offshore drilling. Click here to sign the petition.

Thanks for speaking out to protect our oceans.

Elijah Zarlin, Director of Climate Campaigns
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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  1. "Oil Drilling Proposed for Atlantic," US News and World Report, 1/27/15
  2. "Divide Grows in Southeast Over Offshore Drilling Plan," New York Times, 3/3/16
  3. "Obama's Offshore Drilling Plan Puts the Climate at Risk," Oil Change International, 3/30/15
  4. "Our Hemisphere's Temperature Just Reached a Terrifying Milestone," Slate, 3/3/16
  5. "Clinton And Sanders Differ From Obama On One Issue Key To South Carolina," ThinkProgress, 2/26/16
  6. "McAuliffe, centrist Democratic weathervane, now against offshore drilling," Grist, 3/2/16

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