Environmentalists are again calling on President Obama to uphold his campaign promise to “heal the planet.” On Tuesday – over a million signatures compiled by numerous environmental groups were delivered to the White House calling on President Obama to stop Shell Oil’s plans to drill in the Arctic this summer.
The groups cite the damage drilling could do to wildlife populations like polar bears, caribou, and walruses – species that are already suffering as a result of climate change. Another complication to drilling in the Arctic is the harsh weather, which could make an oil spill virtually impossible to clean up.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity – more than $11 billion more tons of carbon pollution will be ejected into the atmosphere if Arctic drilling moves forward. Earlier this year – the President gave the oil barons what they wanted with the Keystone XL pipeline. Let’s pressure him to side with the planet this time around.