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Just In Time, A Time-Out On Arctic Oil Drilling


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27 May 2010, 8:11 AM
President gives reprieve from exposing Arctic to oil spill potential

Over the last month, while oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico has poisoned thousands of square miles of waters, coasts, fish and wildlife, there has not been much occasion for celebration. Today, there is finally some good news.

The Obama administration's announcement to pause plans by the Shell Oil Company to drill in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in America's Arctic Ocean means these pristine, fragile ocean waters will remain protected for now. Endangered and threatened bowhead whales, polar bears, seals and other wildlife will survive. The Native communities that rely on the bounty of the Arctic Ocean will not face the threat of Shell's operations. No oil will be spilled by Shell and no catastrophic disaster like the one currently happening in the Gulf of Mexico will occur.

This is a victory driven by all of you who saw what was happening in the Gulf and took action to make sure it didn't happen in the Arctic. Your calls and emails made a difference.

We are pleased the Obama administration recognized the glaring holes in Shell's plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean and the need to fully and completely study the causes of the Gulf spill—including failures at the Minerals Management Service—before allowing Arctic Ocean drilling to go forward. An oil spill in the harsh conditions of the Arctic Ocean, where 20-foot swells and sub-zero temperatures are common, would be catastrophic. The explosion and spill in the Gulf of Mexico reminds us that offshore oil drilling comes with continued risks of oil spills and environmental destruction. Pausing oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean shows this administration is taking seriously their commitment to follow the science in policy decision making.

We applaud the administration for its decision to call a timeout on Arctic Ocean drilling, but with the applause comes a note of caution. This pause on offshore drilling in the Arctic is a step in the right direction, but only a temporary one. We must remember that much more needs to be understood about the Arctic before we could support a decision to allow drilling in this region.

Last week, 78 members of Congress delivered a message to the administration that a time out was needed in the Arctic. We are confident that if the administration applies true scientific rigor to the gap analysis due this October, there will be many more questions regarding Arctic Ocean drilling.

We have a responsibility to protect, not rush to exploit, the pristine beauty of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding coasts.

I sincerely hope that both the Canadian and the United States governments will pas laws to stop any drilling for oil in the Arctic waters sesli sohbet

VICTORY is soo sweet! I have been fightiing for 30 years and I won't stop now. Keep clicking those buttons, peeps.
YAY!

I think we should be looking at alternative sources. There should be no more drilling.
Hasn't the tragedy in the Gulf taught anything. It is a disgrace.

I completely agree with Anonymous:

"The US and Canadian governments should not allow ANY drilling in Arctic waters. Isn't it about time that we step up our research to free us from the need to use oil? We MUST make changes now before the energy crisis is beyond control."

NO MORE FOSSIL FUELS, PERIOD.

In addition to these oil spill disasters, COAL is dangerous in pretty much the same way. We just haven't had the same magnitude of disaster in a single event. But we have had multiple smaller ones that add up over the years... Multiple coal mining communities have lost significant populations of PEOPLE. You would think that by now people would understand: if you act to protect the Earth, you protect your own friends / family / neighbors too in the process!! It's a win-win. Fossil fuels are a lose-lose!!

We MUST switch away from these and head toward being on 100% renewable sources, like Al Gore says. Solar, geothermal, wind, water. And NOT nuclear. I don't consider waste that takes thousands of years to disintegrate "renewable" - what is that about?

The US and Canadian governments should not allow ANY drilling in Arctic waters. Isn't it about time that we step up our research to free us from the need to use oil? We MUST make changes now before the energy crisis is beyond control.

I sincerely hope that both the Canadian and the United States governments will pas laws to stop any drilling for oil in the Arctic waters

I am happy that President Obama to engage a pause plan on Shell Oil Company to drill in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in America's Arctic Ocean means these pristine, fragile ocean waters will remain protected for now. Endangered and threatened bowhead whales, polar bears, seals and other wildlife will survive.

But I have a word of caution here, we must continue to fight against any type of oil company with drilling or exploration not just in the Artic Ocean, but also to stand firm on NO with any other drilling or exploration not just in our American waters, but to infuse the global community to do the same. This comes after not just the Deepwell explosion, and the Exxon Valdez accident in Alaska as well.

We need to insist in the Clean Energy Exploration and Expansion of present operations going on now. Insist upon job opportunities for the unemployed, giving tax credits to those companies now in operation and future operations. We are dependent upon oil so much, and now is the perfect opportunity and timing to do such things.

Another good agenda for the president is to set by example. Have the White House roof with solar panels, followed by the rest of the White House grounds not already controlled by solar panels, to be placed on there, to follow with the rest of the government offices in Washington DC.

Following by example, will show the rest of the globe, we MUST reduce our greenhouse gases, turning to clean energy now so we may have a future for our younger generation to take over from us.

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