One might be forgiven for feeling that the Obama administration policy to tackle climate change can sometimes appear a little inconsistent.
In the run-up to the Paris climate summit later this year, President Barack Obama announced the U.S. pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025. A few days later, we hear that the president has approved a climate-killing plan to allow Shell Oil to drill in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, a pristine area known as the “Arctic Ring of Life.”
The majority of climate scientists (97 percent) are telling us that global warming is causing the most extreme impacts in the polar regions.
According to NASA, the rate of Arctic Sea ice loss has risen to about 50,000 square miles per year, a result of rising carbon dioxide levels warming the planet.
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The peer-reviewed journal Nature recently published a finding showing that avoiding the worst impacts of climate change will require keeping 100 percent of Arctic oil and gas in the ground.
Instead of rewarding polluting corporations like Shell, our government should be empowering companies that are committed to producing clean energy.