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For Immediate Release, February 15, 2012

Contact: Miyoko Sakashita, (510) 845-6703

Polar Bear Mascot to Tell Obama: Halt Shell's Arctic Drilling Plans

What: “Frostpaw,” the Center for Biological Diversity’s polar bear mascot, will greet President Barack Obama in San Francisco to deliver this message: Stop Arctic drilling.

When: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., San Francisco CA.

Photo opportunities and interviews available.

Background: Unless President Obama reverses course, oil drilling will begin in the pristine Arctic Ocean this summer — opening this fragile home of polar bears, walrus, seals and native communities to dangerous new oil exploration and our rapidly warming climate to even more global warming pollution.

President Obama has already given tentative approval to Shell's Arctic drilling plan, but citizens and “Frostpaw” the polar bear plan to use Obama’s visit to San Francisco on Thursday to ask him to stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic.

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