In the current political reality in the U.S. under the presidency of Donald Trump, it is quite difficult to keep up with all the news of executive orders, new plans and ideas, and other headlines. When it comes to the environment and its preservation, the media has reported and, unfortunately, keeps reporting things from the President we would rather never see – like the freezing of all grants and hiring efforts at the EPA, resumption of the DAPL and Keystone XL, attempts to invalidate the Endangered Species Act, to name just a few. Now according to a petition on Care2, Trump is trying to open up 95 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to new oil drilling. On top of that, he is working on overturning the efforts of President Obama to protect the Arctic and the Atlantic from this very thing.

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Offshore drilling is an overwhelmingly dangerous and harmful practice. It has been seven years since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, over the course of which between 100-300 million gallons of oil were released from the rig, followed by the reported deaths and debilitation of over 7,000 marine animals.

Oil spillage not only causes dramatically heightened mortality of marine animals, but it also affects the entire ecosystem. And that is just the impact of actual spills – but that’s not where the harm ends. Each step of the process of oil drilling comes with a number of risks to the environment. Now, when it is without a doubt high time to focus on the development of clean energy sources, we simply cannot afford to let this hazardous business thrive.

Click here to sign the petition to leave the offshore oil in the ground and out of bays and oceans!

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