Trump: Stop Offshore Drilling & Do More To Protect the Oceans!

Donald Trump

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The Trump Administration is proposing to reduce the size of several marine National Monuments, including the Outer Hawai’ian Islands, Rose Atoll, and the Pacific Remote Islands National Monuments.

These areas provide protection for coral reefs and include habitat for many marine species, including whales and dolphins.  

The Trump Administration wants to shrink the size of these protected areas in order to promote offshore oil drilling and commercial fishing, but that will jeopardize key marine ecosystems for dubious gains in energy and fish products.  

Indeed, such refuges have been shown to increase fish populations outside the protected area by seeding new fish from secure breeding areas.  And coral reefs are in serious danger worldwide, in part due to harmful fishing practices like bottom trawling.  Offshore oil should be left in the ground, where it won’t pollute marine waters and won’t contribute to global warming.

The Administration is also considering shrinking the size of land National Monuments as well.

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To: Donald Trump
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Dear President Donald Trump:

Please do not reduce the size of National Monuments, especially the marine National Monuments such as the Outer Hawai’ian Islands, Rose Atoll, and the Pacific Remote Islands National Monuments.

These areas were carefully considered for protection by your predecessors, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Reducing the size of these protected areas would contribute to the continuing damage of our oceans, imperil coral reefs and many marine species, including whales and dolphins.

I urge you instead to increase protections for the marine environment and promote alternative sources of energy that do not threaten oil spills or contribute to global warming, as well as more sustainable methods of commercial fishing that do not harm these fragile waters.

Thank you.