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Polar bear cubs’ warm coats ruined by crude oil. Seal dens crushed by icebreakers. Whales inhaling toxic fumes. These aren’t just scary scenarios from environmental groups. They’re analysis from our own federal government.
A recent report from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) declared that there is a 75% chance of a large spill if Shell drills for oil in the Arctic. You read that right. If oil is found in the Arctic, there’s a 75% chance of disaster.
What kind of disaster?
According to the analysis, a large oil spill would cause hypothermia on polar bears with oil-soaked pelts as well as ingestion of oil leading to ulcers, liver damage, and brain damage.
Exposure to crude oil would be lethal for beluga whales. A large spill would disrupt the October migration for bowhead whales.
And a spill would leave nearly the entire population of Pacific walrus vulnerable.
Incredibly, the Obama administration may still allow Shell to drill. This despite the fact that for theprevious two years, evenShellhas decided to scrap its drilling plans.
Fortunately, five million people around the world have joined Greenpeace in speaking out for the Arctic, calling on world governments to save this precious place from greedy oil drillers.
And just this summer, supporters convincedLEGOnot to renew its partnership with Shell, dealing a big blow to the oil company’s public image.
BOEM is taking public comments on its analysis until December 22. Take a minute right now totell BOEMto read its own reports and ban Shell from the Arctic.