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Should The U.S. Allow Arctic Drilling?

President Obama gave the go ahead for Shell to start drilling for oil and natural gas in the Arctic. Was this decision a good one?

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Should The U.S. Allow Arctic Drilling?  

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last 24 hours | e360.yale
Oil Drilling in Arctic Ocean: A Push into Uncharted Waters - Yale Environment 360
"...Not only does the route of the ghost barge serve as a real-life demonstration of how spilled oil could move across the Arctic, it also illustrates how difficult it will be to contain and clean up oil in a region where roads, ports, airplanes, and icebreakers are few and far between. In addition, scientists and engineers still don't fully understand how chemical dispersants and oil collection agents might work in a cold climate, how ice conditions and ocean currents will influence the fate of spilled oil, and how well microbes in the Arctic are able to degrade the hydrocarbons, as they tend to do in warmer climates, such as during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico..." see full article


922 days ago | cincinnati
Arctic drilling would benefit Ohio - Cincinnati.com
"...Similar to the exploration of shale in Ohio and neighboring states, exploring and recovering resources in the Arctic are also vitally important steps we can take to reduce dependence on foreign oil and increase national security. Many of the major oil-producing nations in the world are not friendly to the U.S. Our security and our economy depend on our willingness to develop our own domestic sources of energy.While we can visually see the positive impacts from shale right here in Ohio, Arctic oil development also can affect our state's economy in a very direct way. Ohio is the nation's second largest producer of raw steel, and the oil and gas industry is a huge consumer of steel products, from drilling platforms to compressors to pipelines. Nearly 18,000 Ohioans work in the steel industry, which has a payroll of $1.2 billion annually...." see full article


923 days ago | english.pravd
Oil production to kill Arctic? - Pravda
"...The Americans have already got mixed up with ecological conditions disturbance on a global scale - that is after the infamous accident in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf Stream even had its properties changed then and it influenced the European climate. And it's not over yet. The Arctic is even a more vulnerable region in this sense. All the existing biocenoses are on the brink of extinction due to the nature conditions. And any disturbance will simply put them under threat. It is enough to say that in case there are no glaciers, the existence of polar bears will be not clear at all. Thus, we should approach the case very carefully. There can be no improvising. I think that the Arctic exploring should not follow the initiative of some certain states, but rather international control under coordinated programs ..." see full article


940 days ago | currentargus
Obama drills Arctic-size hole in his own climate policy - Carlsbad Current-Argus
"...Why, then, would the Obama administration give Royal Dutch Shell permission to move ahead with plans for Arctic offshore drilling? Put simply, if the problem is that we're burning too much oil, why give the green light to a process that could produce another million barrels of the stuff per day, just ready to be set alight?Please hold the pedantic lectures about how the global oil market works: Demand will be met, if not by oil pumped from beneath the Arctic Ocean then by oil pumped from somewhere else. By this logic, the administration's decision is about energy policy promoting U.S. self-sufficiency and creating jobs rather than climate policy. The way to reduce carbon emissions, according to this view, is by cutting demand, not by restricting supply...." see full article


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940 days ago | centralmaine
Safe Arctic drilling won't betray Obama's climate policy - Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
"...Reducing imports to zero is both impossible and unwise. Yet the more oil the U.S., Canada and other stable democracies can produce, the less volatility there will be in the global price of oil. A sensible energy-security policy would help prevent fighting in places such as Libya and Yemen from leading to unpredictable price spikes. That's why it makes sense to maximize production...." see full article


942 days ago | vancouverobserver
Greenpeace sails with First Nations to oppose Arctic oil tankers - The Vancouver Observer
"...With memories of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf still fresh, it's hard to see why a green light was given to Shell in the Chukchi Sea. Since it was initially granted permission to operate in the Arctic in 2012, Shell has had drilling setbacks in one of the world's most environmentally fragile regions.After two of its oil rigs ran aground and had to be towed, the Interior Department rescinded Shell's drilling permit. The agency criticized the company's failure to adequately supervise contractors and Shell was forced to acknowledge that it was initially unprepared to deal with an environment defined by extreme weather and remoteness.That should have disqualified Shell from future Arctic drilling, but Obama is giving it another chance, provided it passes a final set of permit reviews. Environmentalists don't share the administration's optimism and many fear another mishap. It's not as if, in 2015, the United States is starved for oil...." see full article


943 days ago | nytimes
Stop the Oil Nonsense in the Arctic - New York Times

"...Shell says, this time will be different. I say it won't. Experts say there is no field-tested, proven technology to effectively stop and clean up an oil spill in the Arctic. According to a recent study of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, there is a 75 percent chance of a major oil spill happening in the Arctic if Shell gets what it wants. Even other major oil companies are having doubts about Shell's plans. And they should. When I protested against Arctic oil drilling in 2013, which led to two months of detention in Russian prison along with the other members of the Arctic 30, I did that because global warming is threatening our livelihoods. We can already see it happening, from New York to Kiribati. Our food security, water supplies and jobs are at stake. The price tag on climate change will be even higher if we don't act now. ..." see full article


943 days ago | seekingalpha
Arctic Oil - The Cost Is Just Too High - Seeking Alpha
"...Arctic Oil represents a significant area of new oil potential. It results in just 1% of the world production but has 13% of the estimated world reserves. That means, there remains a lot of oil to be found here.After difficulties the last time, countries such as Royal Dutch Shell have recently started drilling in the arctic. However, arctic drilling has two negatives. First, the cost of breakeven is higher than pretty much every other form of oil - significantly higher than current oil prices.Secondly, an oil spill in the arctic could be significantly more dangerous. The company would have limited time to clean it up and a lot of the equipment is not effective. This could result in huge negatives for the drilling company...." see full article


944 days ago | motherjones
Kayaktavists Take Over Seattle's Port to Protest Shell Oil's Arctic Drilling Rig - Mother Jones

"...Despite the oil giant's rocky history in the Arctic region, last Monday the Obama administration conditionally approved Shell's summer plans to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea, north of Alaska. Environmentalists are not happy, and neither are many in Seattle, whose port has become a home base for the two Shell oil rigs' operations...." see full article


945 days ago | business-standard
For oil companies, the Arctic is hot again - Business Standard
"...The world is awash in oil. The Arctic is prone to weather that can affect navigation, even in the summer drilling season. Shell has already stumbled there; a botched 2012 effort, when a drilling rig ran aground, spurred investigations by the Coast Guard and Interior, which turned up major environmental and safety concerns...." see full article


946 days ago | nytimes
Oil Drilling in the Arctic - New York Times

"...Even if we could trust oil companies' assurances that they know what they're doing and will not poison the Arctic Ocean by accident that there will be no Exxon Valdez or Deepwater Horizon in the far north the consequences of postponing the inevitable day when we'll be forced to abandon the use of oil are likely to be even worse than such a spill. And, of course, we can't trust those assurances, which are made as much to ward off regulation as because petroleum industry experts and executives actually believe them...." see full article


948 days ago | takepart
See How Close Oil Drilling Will Get to Arctic Whales This Summer - TakePart
"...Growing noise levels and vessel traffic from energy prospecting are also threats to the region's whales. Gray whales swim the waters of the Chukchi Sea year-round. Bowhead whales migrate east along the Chukchi coast in late spring, then back across open Chukchi waters in the fall. Beluga whales migrate through this part of the sea from May to September and raise young along the coast, directly south of the drilling sites...." see full article


949 days ago | nytimes
A Narrow Opening for Arctic Oil - New York Times

"...The costs of a mistake could be very high. Arctic waters support large fish populations and extensive wildlife and help sustain native peoples. The environment is forbidding, with sea ice, high winds and stormy conditions that will make drilling difficult and any cleanup operation far more complicated than it was in the warm and relatively placid waters of the Gulf of Mexico...." see full article


949 days ago | news.nationalpost
Obama hearts Big Oil in the Arctic, and other reasons to fear for humanity - National Post
"... A delicate ecosystem in extreme temperatures at the top of the planet can be adequately protected against disaster, but not Nebraska? In some weird, parallel Obamaesque universe, this is supposed to make sense. ..." see full article


950 days ago | seattletimes
Morally opposed to Arctic oil? It's already everywhere in Washington - The Seattle Times
"...But everybody in the state benefits from all the local, state and federal taxes paid by the hundreds of companies that comprise the network. The revenue stream also includes state and federal proceeds from taxes on gasoline that are redistributed to local governments to help pay for transportation...." see full article


950 days ago | nytimes
White House Gives Conditional Approval for Shell to Drill in Arctic - New York Times

"...Both industry and environmental groups say that the Chukchi Sea is one of the most dangerous places in the world to drill. The area is extremely remote, with no roads connecting to major cities or deep water ports within hundreds of miles which makes it difficult for clean-up and rescue workers to get to the site in case of an accident...." see full article


951 days ago | americanprogress
STATEMENT: Interior's Approval of Shell's Arctic Oil Exploration Plan Is the ... - Center For American Progress
"...The Center for American Progress has also repeatedly highlighted the immense climate change risks associated with Arctic drilling, which would undermine the Obama administration's laudable Climate Action Plan. ..." see full article


951 days ago | dailycaller
A Promising Step Forward For Arctic Drilling
"...Considering it takes 10 to 30 years of preparation and drilling to bring oil to market, failure to explore the Arctic's array of natural resources risks a renewed and forecasted reliance on imported oil, which would adversely affect the nation's global competitiveness and geopolitical influence...." see full article


951 days ago | theguardian
Shell to resume Arctic drilling off Alaska as green groups warn of disaster

"...The environmentalists warn that drilling in the icy Arctic waters is likely to be much more dangerous than other more temperate seas, and could lead to disasters on an even greater scale than the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that killed 11 people and spilled nearly 5m barrels of crude oil into the ocean. The nearest coast guard station with equipment for responding to a spill is more than 1,000 miles away...." see full article


951 days ago | motherjones
Obama OKs Shell's Plan to Drill for Oil in the Arctic

"...Shell faced a year-long series of mishaps as it tried to navigate the icy waters, culminating in a wreck of the Kulluk, one of its main drilling ships. For many environmentalists, that botched project was a sign that Shell is ill-equipped to handle Arctic waters...." see full article


951 days ago | thestranger
Feds Approve Shell's Arctic Drilling Plans
"...Nevertheless, the Obama administration approved Shell's exploration plans within a month of receiving them. Critics sounded off on why they thought the administration's approval was a bad idea. ..." see full article


951 days ago | popsci
SHELL CAN START DRILLING FOR OIL IN THE ARCTIC OCEAN THIS SUMMER
"...Then there's Shell's track record in the region. This approval comes two years after Shell halted operations in the Arctic in the wake of a 2012 drilling season riddled with violations, difficulties with safety procedures and contractors, and the grounding of the company's Kulluk drilling rig off the coast of Alaska. ..." see full article


951 days ago | ecowatch
Obama Administration Approves Shells Plan to Drill in the Arctic
"...The decision is a devastating blow to environmentalists, who have pressed the Obama administration to reject proposals for offshore Arctic drilling...." see full article


951 days ago | theglobeandmail
U.S. approval of Shells plan to drill for oil in Arctic enrages environmentalists
"... Shell's 2012 summer of setbacks and embarrassments only redoubled the efforts of environmental groups to keep major oil companies from drilling in the Arctic, where fierce storms pose significant additional threats...." see full article


951 days ago | insideclimatenews
The Many Unknowns of Inevitable Arctic Oil Spills - InsideClimate News
"...But when oil inevitably spills in the Arctic, scientists say it's going to be an entirely different scenario from what has played out in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil spills are nasty business no matter what, but when sub-zero temperatures, persistent darkness, remote locations and sea ice are thrown into the mix, the situation becomes exponentially more complex...." see full article



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