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Ask Congress to Oppose New Drilling in the Arctic

Last fall, the US government took a step forward to reduce future carbon emissions in the US by halting oil and gas development in the Arctic Ocean and permanently protecting more than 115 million acres of unique seascapes.

Now, the Trump Administration is threatening to turn back the clock and reopen the Arctic to offshore drilling. We need champions in Congress to speak out against such a move now.

Tell your Members of Congress to sponsor the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act and say NO to stripping away protections for the Arctic Ocean.

Your message below will go to the following recipients: Your Representative in the House

I strongly oppose steps to revoke protections for the Arctic Ocean, millions of acres of which are now permanently off limits to oil and gas development, or any steps to revise the current 5-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing to allow drilling in the Arctic. I ask you to oppose these actions as well and to cosponsor legislation to prevent them, including the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act (H.R.1784).

Last year, the Obama Administration excluded the Arctic Ocean from oil and gas leasing for the coming 5 years, and the President used the authority given to him by Congress under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to withdraw the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas permanently from consideration for oil and gas development. I strongly support these actions for two reasons.

These Arctic Ocean areas are unique, unspoiled, rich in wildlife, and home to Alaskan Native communities, culture and traditions that are highly dependent on the ocean environment. These areas also uniquely vulnerable to oil spills: there is no way to clean up oil effectively in frozen Arctic waters, no present way to drill safely in Arctic conditions, and the Arctic environment is already facing increasing stresses, particularly from the rapid impacts of climate change.

The Arctic is also warming more rapidly than anywhere else on the planet as a result of our burning of fossil fuels, and the impacts we are already seeing in that region drives home why we must transition as quickly as possible away from fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable energy sources. Opening the Arctic Ocean to risky oil and gas drilling is precisely the opposite step we should be taking. Instead, we should be doubling down on investments in renewable energy and supporting sustainable development for Alaska's native communities that doesn't rely on fossil fuels.

As detailed in a new scientific report released this month, entitled “Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic”, the Arctic Ocean is warming so rapidly that it could be free of summer sea ice within two decades, and these changes are already impacting weather patterns around the globe. Melting ice in the Arctic is also responsible for a third of the sea level rise we are experiencing, which is now predicted to be 6 to 8 feet along the East Coast of the US by the end of this century. This fact should be as much a concern for Miami and Charleston as it is for Alaska's coastal villages.

As your constituent, I ask you to oppose any steps by the current Administration or Congress to revoke the permanent protections that have been given to the Arctic Ocean or to revise the current 5-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing to allow drilling in these areas. I also urge you to go on record in support of protecting the Arctic Ocean by cosponsoring the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act (H.R.1784). Please reach out to Logan Ferree in Representative Huffman's office for more information on that bill at logan.ferree@mail.house.gov.

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[Your Name]

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Please Sponsor the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act

Dear Congress

I strongly oppose steps to revoke protections for the Arctic Ocean, millions of acres of which are now permanently off limits to oil and gas development, or any steps to revise the current 5-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing to allow drilling in the Arctic. I ask you to oppose these actions as well and to cosponsor legislation to prevent them, including the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act (H.R.1784).

Last year, the Obama Administration excluded the Arctic Ocean from oil and gas leasing for the coming 5 years, and the President used the authority given to him by Congress under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to withdraw the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas permanently from consideration for oil and gas development. I strongly support these actions for two reasons.

These Arctic Ocean areas are unique, unspoiled, rich in wildlife, and home to Alaskan Native communities, culture and traditions that are highly dependent on the ocean environment. These areas also uniquely vulnerable to oil spills: there is no way to clean up oil effectively in frozen Arctic waters, no present way to drill safely in Arctic conditions, and the Arctic environment is already facing increasing stresses, particularly from the rapid impacts of climate change.

The Arctic is also warming more rapidly than anywhere else on the planet as a result of our burning of fossil fuels, and the impacts we are already seeing in that region drives home why we must transition as quickly as possible away from fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable energy sources. Opening the Arctic Ocean to risky oil and gas drilling is precisely the opposite step we should be taking. Instead, we should be doubling down on investments in renewable energy and supporting sustainable development for Alaska's native communities that doesn't rely on fossil fuels.

As detailed in a new scientific report released this month, entitled "Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic", the Arctic Ocean is warming so rapidly that it could be free of summer sea ice within two decades, and these changes are already impacting weather patterns around the globe. Melting ice in the Arctic is also responsible for a third of the sea level rise we are experiencing, which is now predicted to be 6 to 8 feet along the East Coast of the US by the end of this century. This fact should be as much a concern for Miami and Charleston as it is for Alaska's coastal villages.

As your constituent, I ask you to oppose any steps by the current Administration or Congress to revoke the permanent protections that have been given to the Arctic Ocean or to revise the current 5-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing to allow drilling in these areas. I also urge you to go on record in support of protecting the Arctic Ocean by cosponsoring the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act (H.R.1784). Please reach out to Logan Ferree in Representative Huffman's office for more information on that bill at logan.ferree@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]