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Monday, October 24, 2016

(Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in a Twitter post on Tuesday that drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean was “not worth the risk.”

“The Arctic is a unique treasure,” Clinton said.

The Obama administration on Monday gave Royal Dutch Shell final approval to resume drilling in the environmentally fragile ocean for the first time since 2012.

(Reporting by Emily Stephenson and Amanda Becker; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

Photo: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding dinner in Clear Lake, Iowa, United States, August 14, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young   

  • Independent1

    At a time when oil prices are tumbling and oil stocks are high, I find it troubling that president Obama would allow an oil company that has a disastrous record of oil spills in Kenya, to put so much at risk in the Arctic – not only the creatures and wild animals who roam and depend on the region to live but also the Alaskans who depend on fishing and hunting in the area for their livelihoods. Why place so much at risk when fossil fuels are rapidly become an energy source of the past which in possibly another decade, or maybe two, will be relegated to being back-up energy sources for a number of other clean energy sources: wind, solar, tidal, hydro, plasma and more?? There are few things President Obama has done that have really disappointed me, but this is clearly one of the things he’s done that makes me very disappointed.

    • drdroad

      Agree. Heck, one of their ships got a gaping hole in it just ON THE WAY to the Arctic. Jeez.