WHEREAS, the proposed Shell Oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea is a threat to human and other life as this region one of the most dangerous and environmentally sensitive places in the world to drill, with extreme storms with icy waters and waves up to 50 feet high, and no roads to major cities, no deep water ports within hundreds of miles, and the closest properly equipped Coast Guard station more than 1,000 miles away; and
WHEREAS, any oil extracted from reserves under the Chukchi Sea is unnecessary as International Energy Agency statistics show the U.S. as the world’s biggest producer of oil, and even while this administration has committed to measures to curb climate change, the EPA statistics show that oil-fueled power plants, refineries, and oil and natural gas production are the top three industries that produce the main greenhouse gases contributing to Climate Change; and
WHEREAS, drilling in the Chukchi Sea will be a serious threat to the lifestyle of many American Inupiate villagers and other native tribes who live in the region and it also will be in clear violation of the Marine Protection Act, which prohibits activities with the potential to injure or disturb a marine mammal in the wild;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party officially opposes the decision to allow Shell Oil rights to drill in the Chukchi Sea; and
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party will forward a copy of this resolution to the Democratic National Committee, Alaska Democratic Party, as well as President Barack Obama, the California Congressional delegation, Senators Boxer and Feinstein and the Environmental Protection Agency as well as the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement urging that they take all appropriate actions to deny approvals for drilling on the basis of Marine Mammal Protection Act and other above-stated reasons.
Submitted by Dorothy Reik, AD 50
Written by Ann Doneen
Adopted by LACDP 5/8/15