Open Letter to President Obama: Clean Power Plan Means #Shellno on Arctic Drilling
Dear President Obama,
Today in introducing the Clean Power Plan you said, “We can’t condemn our kids and grandkids to a planet that’s beyond fixing.” You also said that “climate change is not a problem for another generation, not any more,” and that “it is time for America and the world to act on climate change.”
Thank you for these words and for the Clean Power Plan, but how can you allow drilling in the Arctic Ocean and say that you are doing all you can to not “condemn our kids and grandkids to a planet’s that’s beyond fixing?” The use of fossil fuels is what is warming our planet. Our warming planet is causing the Arctic sea ice to melt. The melting of the Arctic sea ice is what is making the Arctic ocean accessible to oil drilling. So you are rewarding oil companies by allowing them to drill in a place that would be inaccessible were it not for climate change that the use of their product has caused. This is not good for the Arctic or for climate change, and it sends a message to our kids and grandkids that we are not really serious about leaving them a planet that’s not beyond fixing.
President Obama, you say you want us to act on climate change, so please show us the way and keep Shell from drilling for oil in the part of the Arctic that is more accessible because of climate change. To avoid catastrophic climate change, we know that most of the oil must stay in the ground. Why subject the Arctic and its wildlife to the dangers of oil exploration when we should be doing all we can to move away from fossil fuels? President Obama, it is time for you, for America, and the world to act on climate change. A truly Clean Power Plan means ?#?Shellno? on Arctic drilling.
Mark Davies is The Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. From 2009 to 2015, Mark was dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences and Wimberly Professor of Social Ethics at Oklahoma City University. Previously, Mark was dean of the Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University and Founding Director of the Vivian Wimberly Center for Ethics and Servant Leadership.
Reposted from One World House