[Marxism] US softens Arctic drilling stance as Shell gets nod

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sat Aug 6 18:48:53 MDT 2011

You can't get much madder than this.

Royal Dutch Shell has won conditional approval from the US interior
department to begin drilling exploratory wells in the Arctic Ocean next year
in a sign that the Obama administration is easing a clampdown on offshore
oil drilling imposed after last year's accident in the Gulf of Mexico.

The move confirms a willingness by President Barack Obama to approve
expanded domestic oil and gas exploration in response to high petrol prices
and continuing high levels of unemployment.

Shell was also granted a permit for a floating drill rig for a
1200-metre-deep well on Thursday, which will see all five of its rigs in the
gulf back in operation.


“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

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