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President Obama

I’m writing to ask you to withdraw your support for offshore Arctic drilling, based on fresh evidence that shows it simply cannot be done safely.

As you know, Royal Dutch Shell recently announced its formal intention to drill for oil in the remote Chukchi Sea in the Alaskan Arctic in 2015, depending on your government’s response.

The New York Times has since called these plans “foolish and unnecessary”, and new details have emerged about the company’s negligence and lack of preparation in 2012.

This is a critical time for Shell and the other oil companies considering whether to drill in the remote, hostile Arctic ocean. In the past you have supported drilling for oil in the region, but we believe that the case against this is now too strong.

Across the world, oil companies are backing away from expensive oil projects, as the price of oil drops and our economies start to switch to alternative forms of energy. And so we must: a new scientific study says that Arctic oil must stay in the ground if we are to keep temperatures from rising to dangerous levels.

If Shell starts drilling for oil in the Alaskan Arctic, your own scientists tell us there’s a 75% chance of one or more major spills. We don’t think anyone likes those odds.

We respectfully ask you to reconsider your support for drilling in this region, and to deny Shell the necessary permits and permissions it needs to drill in 2015.

Signed,

Greenpeace

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How this will help

Right now Shell is trying to get approval from the US government to start Arctic drilling off the remote coast of Alaska this summer.

But President Obama has the power to stop the drills - and...

Right now Shell is trying to get approval from the US government to start Arctic drilling off the remote coast of Alaska this summer.

But President Obama has the power to stop the drills - and Shell. With his recent proposal to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, it's clear Obama wants to use his last term in office to leave behind a strong legacy.

Tell Obama to make the Alaskan Arctic off limits to oil drilling now.

A wave of public opinion is rising against Shell's drilling plans, just when companies are backing away from expensive oil projects and scientists are warning that Arctic oil must stay in the ground. This might be the tipping point where we can stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic.

If oil companies are allowed to drill off Alaska's shores there is a 75% chance of at least one major spill. Black oil seeping under the ice in this pristine environment would have a devastating impact on polar bears, whales, and all those who call it home.

More than 500,000 people have already written to the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management in protest of Arctic oil drilling. Tell Obama to make it official: put the Arctic off-limits to oil drilling before it's too late.

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