In 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez grounded in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and spilled approximately 11 million gallons of oil, upending lives and devastating the environment. The Exxon Valdez oil disaster serves as a reminder that we must not repeat the mistakes of the past but learn from them and strive to do better. Now is the time to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy sources, and that means transitioning away from offshore oil and gas.
Recently, the Biden administration announced new protections that would place nearly three million acres of the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska, off limits to offshore oil and gas leasing.
While this is a step in the right direction, other recent events have been less encouraging. A bipartisan law passed last year requires the U.S. Department of the Interior to hold auctions for new oil and gas leases. One of these auctions already took place in Alaska’s Cook Inlet late last year, and two more are set for the waters of the Gulf of Mexico—one later this month and the other in the fall. Continued offshore oil and gas development will worsen the global climate crisis and risk catastrophic oil spills that jeopardize our ocean and coasts and the communities and people that rely on them.
Enough is enough. We need to say “No” to new offshore fossil fuel development.
Will you join Ocean Conservancy by asking President Biden to work towards phasing out offshore oil and gas and move the United States towards clean ocean energy?
Clean ocean energy solutions are critical to reducing emissions and averting the climate crisis. We need to ensure the ocean is home to climate solutions, not polluting fossil fuel operations that put our ocean at risk.