Marking 26 years since the Exxon Valdez ran aground spilling as much as 38 million gallons of oil into the Port William Sound in Alaska, activists on Tuesday protested the Obama administration's continued support for Arctic oil exploration.
Royal Dutch Shell doesn't have enough money to clean up a spill in the Arctic Ocean's ice pack, even if all of its shareholders' liquidity is tapped out. That puts the United States government on the hook.
Americans and maybe even Canadians will pay for the inevitable spill.
From The Obama Timeline: 1961-2009 (Common Dreams is not allowing me to post the link)
Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo (1936-1987) Obama's father in law was "an official of the Director General’s office in the TNI Topograohy division of the Indonesian Army. He later became an executive with American Mobil corporation, where he was a key liaison between the oil company and the Suharto regime." "Mobil Oil, of course, was Royal Dutch Shell (Netherlands/United Kingdom); Standard Oil of California ... which renamed itself ExxonMobil following the acquisition of Mobil in 1999 (check Seven Sisters wikipedia)
It is no surprise that Obama has a soft spot for Big Oil and this is not the first time he has used his influence for them in the Arctic Waters.
Of course, we should not forget the fiasco with British Petroleum with offshore drilling that was cleared for takeoff by President Obama as well.
Not much media coverage on that anymore, but anyone that is paying attention knows it is still a major sludge problem. BP made out like bandits!
Obama obviously wants his "legacy" to read in highlights: "Killed more threatened sea mammals than all other presidents combined with his 'drill, baby, drill' energy policies and killed more innocent civilians than any former sociopath in history with his drone policies."
Like you and me and everyone else on the planet, Greenpeace gets to choose their paths.
What path are you prescribing for yourself?