13 Apr

Tell the BLM: Don’t let Big Oil melt the Rocky Mountains

It sounds crazy, but it’s true: Big Oil wants to literally melt vast regions of the Rocky Mountains.

“Oil shale” is an unproven experimental technology that would heat land in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming to nearly 1,000 degrees to produce very small amounts of oil — cooking the climate, wasting scarce water resources, and destroying critical wildlife habitat along the way.

Tar sands is one of the most destructive forms of oil on the planet and has already been responsible for strip mining one of our last remaining intact ecosystems, endangering caribou herds, and creating waste ponds so large they can be seen from space. Together, oil shale and tar sands are unacceptable fuels that will cause further drought and climate disruption.

The Bureau of Land Management is considering dramatically reducing the amount of public land available for these dirty fuels. But Big Oil is fighting back, so we need to collect 20,000 comments by April 30th to show public support for the environment. We’ve beaten oil corporations before, and we can do it again — submit your comment opposing oil shale and tar sands today!

Please Sign the Message.

The Message. You may personalize the message if you wish.

Thank you for this opportunity to comment on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impacts State for Oil Shale and Tar Sands development on our nation’s public lands. As a citizen concerned about the increasing impacts of climate change on our nation’s health and welfare, I am appalled by the notion of allowing oil companies to develop tar sands and oil shale projects on public lands. I thank the Obama administration for your work to roll back dangerous provisions enacted by the Bush administration, and I urge you and your agency to select Alternative 3 in the Final EIS.

The magnitude of potential impacts to the West’s delicate public lands and shrinking water resources is simply too great to grant unfettered access to the oil industry in these areas. It is foolhardy and irresponsible to open up public lands to these industries — particularly before we even understand the magnitude their footprint. Public lands should be held in trust for American citizens, not for private profits.

At a time of record-breaking temperatures, debilitating droughts, devastating floods, and increasingly severe weather, we simply cannot afford to increase our reliance on higher-carbon fuels. Producing oil from both tar sands and oil shale generates significantly more carbon pollution than production of conventional petroleum. Granting the oil industry access to our public lands to lock-in production of these types of fuels is simply incompatible with a sustainable energy future that will mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Please Sign the Message.

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