“The notion that we, tonight, after 60-plus years, would give up what is a biologically important area ... for what? For oil we don’t need?”
Citing environmental risks, the Interior Department called the plan the "right path forward."
Earlier this year, Oceana released a report - "Time for Action: Six Years after Deepwater Horizon" - that compiled recent
Science has the ultimate say in drawing national boundaries.
The White House’s announcement will keep drill rigs out of the Arctic for the next two years.
Shell "disagrees with the decision." Climate groups rejoice.
Will we preserve these pristine waters once and for all and accelerate the shift to cleaner energy resources? Or will we continue letting oil companies go to the ends of the earth and deepen our dependence on polluting fossil fuels?
Obama has done more than any previous president to restrict greenhouse gas emissions, but his administration remains stuck in a contradictory policy of promoting fossil fuel extraction that threatens to "lock-in" decades of emissions that we can't afford.