Actor and longtime environmentalist Ted Danson is petitioning President Obama to help save thousands of whales and dolphins from being subjected to loud, deafening blasts in the Atlantic Ocean.
According to Danson, “The Obama administration is considering allowing the use of deadly seismic airgun blasts to search for oil and gas under the ocean floor, the first harmful step toward expanding dangerous offshore drilling to the Atlantic.”
As a result, the U.S. Department of the Interior says there is a good chance around 138,500 whales and dolphins will be injured and quite possibly even killed. These blasts will occur every 10 seconds for months and are 100,000 times louder than a jet engine.
Now, Danson is reaching out to ask for others help to protect East Coast economies and marine ecosystems with a petition rejecting the seismic airgun blasts. With help from Oceana, Danson has 30 days to get 100,000 signatures. If the goal is reached, then the White House will respond to every single petition.
“These seismic airgun blasts will injure some of the last surviving North Atlantic right whales,” Danson said. “Seismic airguns also scare away fish and could pose a risk to East Coast fisheries, which are home to 200,000 jobs and nearly $12 billion in economic activity each year. We need to convince the Obama administration not to do this.”
He passionately believes there are other clean alternatives to drilling, “We don’t need to turn the Atlantic into a blast zone. There are clean energy alternatives to drilling, such as offshore wind. Our oceans can be put to a positive, renewable use to produce energy.
“For so many reasons – threats like airguns, oil spills, climate change, and ocean acidification to name a few – we should be phasing out offshore drilling, not expanding it to areas that have been protected for decades.”
To join Danson’s cause, head on over and sign the petition.
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