Environment America Blog

 | by
Steve Blackledge
Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign

We need to stop the Trump administration’s offshore drilling proposal—because our coastlines are beautiful, because oil drilling leads to spilling, because drilling requires the industrialization of our coasts, and because the right whale is nearing extinction.

When we drill and spill, we risk everything from worsening climate change to the livelihoods of coastal communities. Stand with us, and oppose new offshore drilling. 

A total of 17 North Atlantic right whales died in 2017 — leaving fewer than 450 living right whales on the planet. Researchers report that more females are dying than males, making it even more difficult for the species to rebound.

Without swift intervention, it’s possible that North Atlantic right whales could go extinct within 20 years. It is a critical time for this species.

These are our lands. They are owned by us. And as land owners, we have a decision to make. Should we open them up to drilling and seek a little more oil, or should we protect our coasts, put them off limits, because these places are too beautiful and too vital to spoil?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering allowing bee-killing pesticides to be sprayed on 165 million acres of previously protected American farmland. We need to do everything in our power to save the bees — you can take action and tell your governor to ban bee-killing pesticides. . . 

According to the White House, President Trump’s State of the Union address will discuss the challenges of the coming year in an optimistic, forward-looking and bipartisan manner. We support that notion wholeheartedly, but we’re also mindful of his past rhetoric.

Rick Perry's plan to rig the rules in favor of coal and nuclear power failed, but it shows what we're up against. 

We don’t need more offshore drilling to power our planet.

As if it wasn’t already clear, 2017 provided much more evidence that we are changing our planet in dangerous ways. The average temperature across the United States was 2.6°F warmer than normal – making it one of the three warmest years in U.S. history.

Two years ago this very day, the United States reached an historic international agreement in Paris committing to address the global threat of climate change with nearly 200 hundred nations. In 2015, the United States was one of the biggest players in the room. Fast-forward to today, and the picture looks quite different. We are the odd one out — the only nation on the planet now stepping away from this critical global action.