Arctic Drilling Opponents Swarm The White House
Posted: 05/15/2012 3:12 pm
WASHINGTON -- Because sometimes to get your point across you need to dress up as an Arctic Tern, scores of anti-drilling activists on Tuesday gathered outside the White House dressed in fuzzy onesies and polar bear masks.
The demonstration -- organized by Green Peace, Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Earth, 350.org, Credo Action and Alaska Wilderness League, among other environmental groups -- comes as part of a larger effort to pressure President Barack Obama to stop drilling in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea, home to such iconic species as the polar bear, bowhead whale and walrus.
"We're out here today to deliver a million comments to Obama asking him not to allow Shell to drill this summer," Leah Donahey, western Arctic and oceans program director at Alaska Wilderness League, told The Huffington Post at Tuesday's rally.
Last fall, the Obama administration affirmed a decision to offer millions of acres of the ocean for sale to oil companies. More than a million people have written letters or signed petitions to ask the president to revoke the permits. Donahey, who was holding the 1.1 million comments to be delivered to the Council on Environmental Equality, said they would be delivered by the end of the day.