|Action Request:||Write Letter|
|Location:||Alaska, United States|
If you got an email offering you a 57,692% return on your investment, you would hit delete, right? Report it as spam? Me too.
Well, when ConocoPhillips got that email from the Bush administration, they read it. You see, our government just auctioned off some land in Alaska for about $2.6 billion - land that sits on about 15 billion barrels of oil. Given that oil just cracked a hundred bucks a barrel, these companies could gross $1.5 trillion on their little Alaskan investment.
There's just one problem. You know the land that sits on the oil? About half the world's polar bear populations sits on top of it.
That's why thousands of us have sent the message to ConocoPhillips: "Don't drill for oil in polar bear habitat." And I'd like you to join us -- just click the link below to send your message.
While all the conservative pundits cry that ripping into pristine Alaskan wilderness is the only way to get out of our oil crisis, we are prepared with the facts.
Fact #1: Drilling this land in Alaska will not end our dependence on foreign oil. At 15 billion barrels, it represents a 24 month supply of our oil use - after two years, we're back to square one.
Fact #2: Even though it's our land, this deal doesn't even mean more domestic oil. Of the five major companies to win oil and gas development leases, only one - PhillipsConoco - is an American company.
Fact #3: Drilling this land will not lower prices at the pump. First, an entire infrastructure would need to be built to get at the oil - so it could be years before it's online. Second, with oil companies commanding some of the highest profits ever this past year, one questions the assumption that they'll lower prices out of the goodness of their hearts.
So we're tapping ConoocoPhillips to do the right thing. Wreaking havoc in half the world's polar bear habitat for short-term economic gain is shortsighted, and it's wrong. Please take a minute right now, and ask them to not drill in polar bear habitat.
And then, please, pass this along to your friends and family, and invite them to get involved.
Environmental Action Organizer
P.S. Thanks again for your support. Please feel free to share this e-mail with your family and friends.