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“Shell Oil is racing to sink its drills into the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea — and the Obama Administration has given them the green light. This comes despite the government’s own estimates that there’s a 75% chance of a major oil spill in the Arctic Ocean if oil development is allowed to move forward there. It’s not worth the risk. Tell President Obama to act now to safeguard our natural heritage, our climate and our children’s future by stopping Big Oil’s invasion of the Arctic and put us on the path toward a clean energy future.” —NRDC
Latest Shell Approval Lights the Fuse on Climate, Environmental Disaster, NRDC (07-24-2015)
In granting Shell Oil permission to start drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska, President Obama has exposed pristine Arctic waters to the risk of a devastating oil disaster while opening the door to yet another source of the carbon pollution that’s driving climate change…
Way Cleared for Shell to Start Drilling in Arctic Ocean, The New York Times (07-22-2015)
The Obama administration cleared the way on Wednesday, July 22nd, for Shell to start drilling in the Arctic Ocean this summer…
Interior’s Approval of Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plan Threatens Climate, Ocean; NRDC (05-11-2015)
“No company deserves a license to despoil our last pristine ocean and spew massive amounts of carbon pollution into our atmosphere.
“President Obama must protect our planet and our children’s health from dangerous climate change. That should mean saying ‘no’ to Shell and ‘yes’ to clean energy alternatives.
“This wrong-headed decision also will expose the Arctic to the likelihood of catastrophic spills in ice-choked waters more than 1,000 miles from a Coast Guard base and other critical clean-up infrastructure. Any major Arctic Ocean spill would be impossible to clean up…”
Shell to resume Arctic drilling off Alaska as green groups warn of disaster, Guardian UK
Environmentalists accuse the government of ‘looking the other way’ after US gives green light for Shell to restart drilling for oil and gas…
Why Would Royal Dutch Shell Abandon the Arctic? (Video) (02-08-2014)
Geologists estimate that the Arctic holds more than 20 percent of the planet’s oil and gas resources. Alaska’s waters alone may contain 24 billion barrels of oil. That’s about three-and-a-half years of U.S. oil consumption. “…The less oil people use, whether by improving efficiency or finding alternatives, the less Shell will be inclined to chase down every last drop at the literal ends of the earth…”
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