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Forum Post: IMMEDIATE ACTION - Stop Shell's Arctic Drilling: Call Secretary Salazar's Office Now > Follow Short Script

Posted 1 year ago on Feb. 7, 2013, 11:31 a.m. EST by Renneye (3314)
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The info below is courtesy of Inclusionman; It is a simple action, that sends a cogent message to the powers that be. Almost all of us are sitting beside a phone right now. Even people outside of the U.S. should make this call to let 'them' know that the world is watching. Thanks 'Iman'.

The Department of the Interior has announced that they are reevaluating Shell’s Arctic drilling permits after a series of mishaps throughout last year — culminating with one of its drillship running aground in late December — prevented the company from drilling as planned.

Shell’s failure was six years and $4.5 billion in the making and only confirmed what experts have been saying all along — that drilling for oil in the Arctic will never be safe. Now it seems that Secretary Salazar and the government might be coming to the same conclusion.

This is our chance to stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic all together in 2013. Call Secretary of the Interior Salazar’s office now and tell him to cancel Shell’s drilling permits. Everything you need to make the call is below.

Step 1) Call (202) 208-7351. If it's between the hours of 9am and 5pm EST you should be able to talk to a person. If you aren't calling between those hours and don't speak to a person, skip step #2 and simply leave the message below.

Step 2) The phone will be answered by a staff person in Secretary Salazar's office. Tell them your name, city and state you are calling from, and then tell the staffer you are calling to leave a message with Secretary Salazar about Shell's permits to drill in the Arctic. You will then be asked if you would like to use the Interior Department's comment line, politely say no, and say that you would prefer leaving your comment with the staff person you are speaking with so that he/she can give that message to the Secretary directly.

Step 3) Leave your message. Here's a sample:

"Hi, my name is _, I live in [city, state], and I want Secretary Salazar to revoke Shell’s permits to drill for oil in the Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska" Step 4) Last, let us know that you made the call by clicking the button below.((This is not included here, or necessary))

I made the call.

All this year we’re going to continue our campaign to stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic and to declare the high Arctic a global sanctuary off limits to industrialization. This is a huge moment in that campaign and your support is critical.

Thanks for making the call.



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[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Another Oil co shelves arctic drilling


Another victory. Shortlived if we don't ramp up the pressure.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (13270) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I'll second that and underscore that cautionary note with the following quote from the article:

In another major step back from drilling in Arctic waters near the state,ConocoPhillips said on Wednesday it would not be prudent to invest in the Chukchi Sea now because of "evolving" federal regulations and permit standards, and it was unsure whether it would even be ready by 2015.

"We really don't know yet," said spokeswoman Natalie Lowman.

She said the company wanted to better understand the requirements from the government and other leaseholders before deciding. "We're not putting a timeline on it."

Which means changes in the makeup of the political establishment, or within the overall climate of demand for fossil fuel, public opinion, tax incentive structure, all have the capacity to influence the Conoco development timeline in the Chukchi Sea.

Renneye is correct - thanks, and be alert.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

And as I said. Shortlived if we don't ramp up the pressure!!

[-] 3 points by ZenDog (13270) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

yes you did.

it was worth repeating. every time.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Oil cos must be put out of business. The danger will not dissipate until then, and that will not be for years to come.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13270) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I'm not sure I would put them entirely out of business - I'm sure we will need lubricants for a variety of applications for centuries - if we are able to preserve any portion of our culture in the short term.

But the whole energy equation needs to be completely redesigned - and the economy with it. That is wholesale, fundamental reform. So in a most general sense, I do agree.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Your right. They must be beaten down though. Definitely gotta do that.

[-] 2 points by Renneye (3314) 1 year ago

Thanks 'Iman', for your contributions on this and other threads.

The victories are important and need to be celebrated. Albeit, not for too long...we need to stay vigilant so the greedy, self-serving .01% don't get too far ahead.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

We need more successes. We need more people. Gotta grow our movement, coalition build with like minded groups.

It is the only way.

Great post. I like to bump it up whenever pertinent info comes up.

[-] 1 points by yodavision (3) 1 year ago

I called 3/8/13 at 11:15 and spoke to a human.

I used the suggested message but added that we really need to stop enabling Americans to consume petroleum at the rate it is currently being used.

[-] 2 points by Renneye (3314) 1 year ago

You are sooooo cool! Thanks for taking the time!


[-] 2 points by Renneye (3314) 1 year ago

Ahhh...how cool is that?!?! What a warrior!!

From Lucy...

“Shell’s Arctic program has cost them billions, and it’s now regarded as an eye-wateringly expensive failure,” the actress and mother of three said. “Let’s embrace clean energy; we’re going to have to anyway, so why not do it before they cause a major oil spill in the Arctic, and consign our grandchildren to an uncertain and dangerous world?”


[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

Girls rule! Oil drools.

[-] 1 points by repubsRtheprob (1209) 1 year ago

Silly update on Xena, but shows we should not be afraid to be arrested. We could get off fairly lightly.


[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 1 year ago

UPD Shells plot to silence protests


In compliment, and a deserved bump to the top