Referencing the Shell Arctic drilling article from July 14, I recently met David Hone, chief climate change adviser for Shell Oil, who acknowledged the reality of climate change, the need for mitigation, and accepts that 80 percent of known oil reserves must remain in the ground. Why then, is Shell Oil drilling in the Arctic? According to Hone, “Shell will drill for oil wherever it makes economic sense to do so. The only way to keep drilling out of the Arctic is for President Obama to withdraw permission and prohibit oil exploration in the Arctic.”
President Barack Obama acknowledges when mistakes occur. Issuing permits to drill in the Arctic was a mistake.
Arctic weather conditions — even in the full daylight of summer — are too powerful for oil rigs and ice cutters, as Shell Oil has discovered while trying to position equipment last summer and currently.
Arctic oil drilling will produce increased global warming and oil spills. Mankind’s long-term viability and the Arctic’s short-term well-being are linked — both depend on keeping the oil in the ground.
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Write to President Obama and request he rescind all Arctic drilling permits. Your grandchildren and the whales will thank you.