The Obama administration has released the draft of a plan that would, for the first time since the early 1980s, allow offshore oil and gas drilling along the U.S. Atlantic coast.1
Not only would this backwards energy plan put America’s entire East Coast at risk for an oil spill – it would also release even more of the carbon emissions that are fueling climate change.
The Obama administration is taking public comments on this plan for the next few weeks – and we need to fight back now to stop it.
Tell the Department of Interior: No oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic.
A group of Democratic senators are standing up to challenge this plan.2 And a flood of comments from us to the Interior Department right now could help send the Obama administration’s disastrous offshore drilling plan back to the drawing board.
The five-year plan released by the Interior Department3 would lease parts of the Atlantic Ocean for new oil and gas drilling off the coast of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia.
The risk of a massive oil spill – which could pollute the entire East Coast of the U.S. – far outweighs any economic benefits derived from extracting even more dirty, climate-disrupting energy. Since the 2010 BP oil spill, which devastated America’s Gulf Coast in the largest marine oil spill in history, Congress hasn’t required any new safety regulations to prevent another spill.
Furthermore, a report by the environmental group Oceana found that offshore wind development could create twice as many jobs and generate twice as much energy as oil and gas drilling along the Atlantic coast.4
We need to fight back now to stop the Obama administration’s latest dirty energy plan.
Tell the Department of Interior: No new oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.
Thank you for your activism.
"Obama Administration Outlines New Proposal For Offshore Oil And Gas Leasing" Huffington Post, January 27, 2015
"Democrats Blast Obama's Plan to Allow Oil Drilling Off the East Coast" Mother Jones, January 28, 2015
"Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program"
"Offshore Wind Would Produce Twice the Jobs and Energy as Offshore Drilling in Atlantic Ocean" Oceana, January 13, 2015