It’s the beginning of election season, and Hillary Clinton just took a 140 character easy route to separate her from the current administration.
The Arctic is a unique treasure. Given what we know, it's not worth the risk of drilling. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 18, 2015
Clinton has been at President Barack Obama’s side with the large majority of his policies throughout his terms. The Arctic drilling issue is the first disapproval vocalized by the potential Democratic presidential candidate. Late last month, Clinton stated to New Hampshire one that she had “doubts about whether we should continue drilling in the Arctic.”
While this will definitely help Clinton’s approval among environmentalists, many from the left are still disgruntled about her silence over the Keystone XL pipeline. In addition, any sort of drilling restriction will be seen by the right as offensive policy to the American economy and job creation.
.@HillaryClinton Wrong. Being more-anti energy than Obama is extreme. We should embrace energy revolution to lower prices & create US jobs.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) August 18, 2015
Barack Obama just officially gave the greenlight for Royal Dutch Shell to begin drilling operations in the region. Shell is now free to drill into oil-bearing rock, estimated at 8,000 feet below the ocean floor. This is the same area that in 2012, Shell halted its drilling program after it lost control of a massive rig.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Arctic waters hold 26 billion barrels of recoverable oil. Shell cannot wait to begin operation in the basin. Shell company officials say the region could be a “game changer” for domestic production.
In a bit of irony, the president is scheduled to appear in Alaska later this month to visit “the front lines of one of the greatest challenges we face this century— climate change.”