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Shell abandons Arctic drilling this year – Greenpeace

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A view of the Kulluk aground southeast of Sitkalidak Island. The grounding was only the latest of the problems Shell has run into in seeking to drill north of Alaska. (NYT [Jan 1, 2013])
(Photo: Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg/U.S. Coast Guard).

This is great news but, what we really need is an International agreement (like that which protects the Antarctic from resource exploitation). If we need to despoil the Arctic to get fossil fuels, then we are very clearly far too dependent on them: The time has come to invest in and/or subsidise the pursuit of renewable (i.e. infinite) alternatives. Here is the appeal for help from Greenpeace.


Hi Martin,

Last night, Shell announced it’s giving up on plans to drill for oil in the Arctic in this year.

It’s amazing news, because it means no drilling in the pristine waters of Alaska this year. And the pressure you put on Shell helped make this possible.

Right now I’m thrilled, this is a huge success for the Arctic.  But the fight isn’t over. We’ve got a real opportunity to stop industrial exploitation in the Arctic, forever.

Let’s urge President Obama to make the Arctic off limits to industrial exploitation, forever.

Last month, President Obama ordered a sweeping review of Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic. Meanwhile, Shell was found to have 16 safety and environmental violations on their rig that ran aground in Alaska. Now it’s time for Obama to abandon the idea of Arctic drilling completely.

I’m sure you won’t want the good news to stop here, and that in the days ahead you’ll still be part of the movement to keep Shell out of the Arctic forever.

But for the moment it’s all about enjoying what we’ve accomplished together. Thank you so much for all the work you have done to protect the Arctic.


John Sauven
Greenpeace Executive Director

P.S. This is great news, but there is much more to do. Our Arctic campaign and all the work we do to protect the environment depends entirely on your support. Can you make a donation now to help make a protected Arctic a reality? (Link to Greenpeace UK website here.)

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  1. Yes, let’s just let all of the other species on earth live because you want to animorph other creatures and let us all die. Brilliant plan. Good way to get $50 a gallon prices and send earth into another world war, genius.

    Common Sense

    3 March 2013 at 03:05

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment. As my recent “tough choices” post acknowledged, trying to prevent an environmental meltdown will drive fuel prices higher but, at the moment we are in the middle of driving all manner of species to extinction (although some will no doubt survive). You are therefore, as with all supposed climate change “sceptics”, inverting reality. Indeed, resource depletion of all kind will undoubtedly trigger migration and conflict but, it is climate change denial – not environmental activism – that has now made this almost inevitable.

      Martin Lack

      3 March 2013 at 14:11

  2. […] 2013/02/28: LoE: Shell abandons Arctic drilling this year — Greenpeace […]

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