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Spill Baby Spill – Arctic Oil

Dear Gabriel,

Weeks away from starting the first major offshore oil drilling operations in the Arctic, Shell is pulling a major bait and switch — telling the EPA it can’t meet the air pollution rules the company had already agreed to in order to get a drilling permit.

Shell has known since 2010 it would have problems meeting the rules for nitrogen oxide and ammonia emissions. But officials still told the EPA they could. Now Shell wants the EPA to weaken the rules at the last minute?

It’s clear that Shell simply cannot be trusted. The company’s request gives the EPA the option to cancel Shell’s permit. That’s exactly what EPA must do.

This is our last, best opportunity to block Shell from drilling in the Arctic this summer.

Tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson: Reject Shell’s permit to drill in the Arctic. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

This bait and switch is the latest in a long list of broken promises, walk-backs and mishaps which should serve as clear signs to the Obama Administration that allowing Shell to drill in the Arctic is a recipe for disaster.

Just this weekend, Shell literally lost control of its Discoverer drilling rig, which either ran aground or very nearly did so, when its anchor broke while harbored a thousand miles south of the Arctic. Moderate winds are being blamed — yet these winds are mild compared to what it will encounter in the Arctic. The rig, one of the oldest in the world, had a similar anchor malfunction just last year, while it was stationed in New Zealand.

Shell is also having problems with its nearly forty-year-old oil spill recovery barge. While Shell promised the Coast Guard it would upgrade it substantially to withstand stronger weather, Shell now says those upgrades aren’t necessary. The Coast Guard hasn’t yet decided if it will weaken these standards for Shell.

And of course — while we’ve known for some time that the Obama Administration was being hoodwinked by Shell’s hopelessly inadequate oil spill response plan — now Shell has come out and admitted its initial spill response claims were overstated. Shell initially said it could “recover” 95% of oil in the case of a major spill. Now Shell is saying that what it actually meant is “encounter” 95% of the oil — whatever that means.5

Tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson: Reject Shell’s permit to drill in the Arctic. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Shockingly, the Department of Interior has put the probability of an oil spill in the Arctic at 40%.

That is simply unacceptable. With Shell in the driver’s seat, it’s clear that it would be unwise to even bank on those unacceptably high odds.

Shell’s request to EPA is a major opportunity for President Obama and the EPA to revisit the undeserved trust they have put in Shell thus far. It’s time for EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to be a hero, and draw a line to stop the next major drilling disaster in the Arctic.

With Shell hoping to start drilling as soon as the Arctic sea ice clears in the coming weeks, EPA’s response could come any day. Click here to automatically add your name to the petition now.

Thank you for defending the Arctic from reckless offshore drilling.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Save Bryce Canyon

Save Bryce Canyon from Dirty Coal

Dear Gabriel,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is on the verge of approving a massive 3,500 acre coal mine right next to Bryce Canyon National Park.1

The BLM’s own analysis shows that the mine will cause major adverse environmental impacts like increased water and air pollution,2 devastating a huge area directly next to Bryce Canyon’s unique ecosystem.

Despite these concerns the BLM just released its environmental review proposing that the mine be approved. BLM is currently accepting public comments on its proposal and strong public opposition is needed to convince the BLM to reverse course and reject this dirty coal mine.

Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Don’t allow coal mining next to Bryce Canyon National Park. Click here to submit a public comment.

The Bureau of Land Management’s review identified more than a dozen negative impacts this proposed mine is likely to have. These include water quality degradation, increased hazardous air pollution, loss of wildlife habitat, increased coal truck traffic and noise levels, adverse effects to recreation resources and an increased risk of fuel leakage, solid waste spills and wildfires.

In addition to the problems the BLM identified, burning coal from the proposed mine would also be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, which experts say are now growing faster than previously anticipated worst case scenarios.3

Given all of the problems this mine is expected to cause, it simply isn’t in our best interests. Yet the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed action is to allow this dirty, 3,500-acre coal mine to move forward.

National Parks and federal lands belong to all of us, and BLM needs to hear from people who don’t want these special recreation areas and wildlife habitats — especially not Bryce Canyon — to be endangered in order to mine for dirty coal.

Tell the Bureau of Land Management: Don’t allow coal mining next to Bryce Canyon National Park. Click here to submit a public comment.

Thanks for fighting to protect Bryce Canyon from the threat of coal mining.

Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

The Change He Promised

Dear Gabriel,

President Obama is coming to San Francisco to have a $7500 a plate lunch with 200 high-dollar donors.

We’re going to greet him with a big rally outside his fundraiser to send an important message:

It’s time for the change he promised us: President Obama must stop the Keystone XL Pipeline.

This is a great opportunity to deliver this important message directly to President Obama, and to his high-dollar donors who are in a unique position to talk to the president about this issue.

RSVP to join the rally on October 25th.

Here are the details:

What: President Obama “Yes you can Stop Keystone XL” rally.
Where: 3rd St. and Howard St., across from the W Hotel
When: Tuesday, October 25th 11:30 am
Why: Because Keystone XL isn’t CHANGE!

We’ll be printing signs and have buttons to hand out. Please RSVP so we know how many signs to print.

How appropriate that President Obama is having this fundraiser at the W Hotel.

Because if he approves the Keystone XL Pipeline it’s “W.” — not candidate Obama circa 2008 — that the President will be channeling.

The Keystone XL Pipeline — a desperate attempt to maintain our disastrous reliance on fossil fuels that will be “essentially game over” for the climate — is exactly what President Obama ran against in 2008.

The corruption and conflict of interest that we’ve seen in the State Department’s handling of the review process, are exactly the type of insider, closed-door cronyism and corruption that President Obama said we could all change.

That’s why so many of us spent so much time and money to work for his campaign in 2008.

It’s no secret that the Bay Area and Northern California were a huge sources of grassroots donations and energy for the campaign — with huge numbers of phone calls to swing states, huge numbers of people traveling to Nevada, Colorado — even Florida! — to get out the vote. And a whole lot of money.

Now President Obama is coming to the Bay, and we need to send this message to him, and his donors, loud and clear: “We want the change you promised us. You need to seize this opportunity for real leadership on energy and climate and reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.”

RSVP to join the rally on Tuesday, October 25th.

Thank you for continuing to fight for change and against the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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