25 years ago, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Prince William Sound. The impact of this spill was truly horrific. Alaska Native Chief Walter Meganack was later quoted as calling it “the day the water died.” Today, 22 of the 24 impacted species have still not fully recovered, including animals like orca whales, sea lions, and dungeness crab. And now Shell Oil has permits to drill in the Chukchi Sea of the Arctic Ocean, off the coast of Alaska. This amazing area is home to Alaska Native people who rely on the health of the sea to maintain their traditional way of life, as well as polar bears, walruses, and hundreds of species of migratory birdsAn oil spill in America’s Arctic would be catastrophic. But President Obama can stop it. Tell him to remember the lessons of the Exxon Valdez, and keep the Arctic from being the site of the next oil disaster.
Dear President Obama,
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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