Bianca Jagger | President Obama’s Gravest Error: Trusting Shell to Drill in the Arctic

Exposing the Big Game

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 00:00


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Bianca Jagger By Bianca Jagger, Truthout | Op-Ed

President Obama is the first incumbent US president to cross the Arctic Circle. The purpose of his expedition was to “witness first-hand the impact of climate change on the region” and to announce new measures to address it. Speaking at the Glacier climate summit in Anchorage, Alaska, Obama recognized the role of the United States “in creating this problem.” He also stated, “we embrace our responsibility to help solve it” because failure to do so will “condemn our children to a planet beyond their capacity to repair.” Yet less than one month ago, his administration gave the green light to Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic.

President Obama must know that it is impossible to protect the Arctic while allowing Shell to drill for oil 70 miles off the coast…

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