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Groups Oppose Drilling and Seismic Testing Off Our Coasts
Groups Oppose Drilling and Seismic Testing Off Our Coasts

May 25, 2017

Secretary Ryan Zinke

United States Department of Interior

Washington, D.C. 

Dear Secretary Zinke:

As representatives and members of organizations working with and on behalf of millions of Latino, African American, Asian American, and indigenous communities, we write to express our strong opposition to expanded oil and gas drilling and seismic testing in the waters off our coasts.

Opening our oceans to expanded Atlantic and Arctic drilling leaves us all vulnerable to disasters that pose an unacceptable risk to our oceans, beaches, coastal communities, marine life, and to the livelihood of the millions of Americans who depend on healthy oceans for fishing, recreation, and tourism dollars.

Our oceans belong to all of us—the American people—and should be preserved and protected, not turned over to private companies for their short-term and short-sighted financial gain. Far more Americans want to preserve our oceans than to turn them over to oil companies to exploit and worsen already dangerous pollution. By opening up the Arctic and Atlantic to risky drilling, you put our waters and coastal communities at grave risk of a major oil spill and worsening effects of climate change.

Communities in the United States and around the world are directly suffering the impacts of climate change on their health, security, and way of life, and want action. Our communities cannot wait. Not only are we more likely to experience asthma, sea-level rise, and other negative health impacts due to the pollution driven by carbon and other fossil-fuels, millions in our communities rely on healthy oceans to sustain our economies and feed our families. Our future depends on clean renewable energy, not sacrificing our oceans to drill for oil that harms our families’ health and pollutes our world.

Clean energy is now the fastest-growing and cheapest source of power in the country. Far more Americans want to preserve our oceans than sell them to oil companies to exploit. We call on you to listen to us, the American people, and not forsake our oceans, businesses, and future by allowing drilling off our shores and beaches.

  1. Sincerely,
  2. AFC+A
  3. América Verde
  4. Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council
  5. Azul
  6. Conejos Clean Water
  7. Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice
  8. CLEO Institute
  9. Climate Parents
  10. Courage Campaign
  11. Daily Kos
  12. Diverse Environmental Leaders
  13. Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition
  14. Farmworker Association of Florida
  15. Gracefully Global Group
  16. Grand Canyon Trust
  17. Green For All
  18. GreenLatinos
  19. Hip Hop Caucus
  20. IDEAS for US
  21. Joshua's House, Inc.
  22. LULAC
  23. MANA
  24. Mi Familia Vota
  25. Mujeres de la Tierra
  26. National Family Farm Coalition
  27. National Hispanic Council on Aging
  28. National Hispanic Medical Association
  29. National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association
  30. NOW Strategies
  31. Organize Florida
  32. Project Earth
  33. Project Economic Refuge
  34. Sachamama
  35. SolarFour
  36. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
  37. Speak Hispanic
  38. T.E.J.A.S.
  39. Praxis Project
  40. UMA Mother
  41. VERDE
  42. Voces Verdes
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