The Obama administration is considering using seismic air gun blasts to search for oil and gas under the ocean seabed.
The problem with this is that the blasts are 100,000 times louder than a jet engine and they'd occur every 10 seconds for months!!
There's a very good chance that 138,500 whales and dolphins will be injured and maybe even killed by these blasts.
Luckily, they have Ted Danson fighting for them. He said:
"The Obama administration is considering allowing the use of deadly seismic airgun blasts to search for oil and gas under the ocean floor, the first harmful step toward expanding dangerous offshore drilling to the Atlantic. These seismic airgun blasts will injure some of the last surviving North Atlantic right whales. Seismic airguns also scare away fish and could pose a risk to East Coast fisheries, which are home to 200,000 jobs and nearly $12 billion in economic activity each year. We need to convince the Obama administration not to do this."
Ted isn't just suggesting we forget about natural gas or oil under the ocean, he's got ideas about clean, renewable energy.
Like using the ocean tides or offshore wind as an alternative power source, saying:
"We don’t need to turn the Atlantic into a blast zone. There are clean energy alternatives to drilling, such as offshore wind. Our oceans can be put to a positive, renewable use to produce energy. For so many reasons – threats like airguns, oil spills, climate change, and ocean acidification to name a few – we should be phasing out offshore drilling, not expanding it to areas that have been protected for decades."
Have Ted's words moved you? Do you care about nature??
Then click HERE and sign the petition!!
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