Senate Dems tell Obama to end Arctic drilling

Senate Dems tell Obama to end Arctic drilling

Some Senate Democrats are once again asking President Obama to end oil and natural gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

In a letter Friday, 12 senators asked Obama to block any additional drilling after Royal Dutch Shell wraps up its exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea, northwest of Alaska, this fall.

ADVERTISEMENT
They also press Obama to explain how Arctic drilling fits within his climate policies, a question they said he has failed to answer thus far.

“You have stated many times that America must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and build our capacity for clean, renewable energy,” the Dems wrote.

“Allowing Shell to expand fossil fuel drilling in the Arctic is incompatible with this imperative and with your commitment that the United States will lead the global effort to address climate change.”

They also cited the risks of an oil spill to the wildlife, natural resources and nearby native communities as further reasons to stop drilling.

“We urge you to change course, and ask for your critical leadership on international Arctic Ocean protection,” they said.

Democrats had pressed Obama multiple times to reject Shell’s drilling application, for which it received approval in May.

Since then, they have repeatedly pushed Obama to change course.

“We continue to hope the administration will reverse its policy to promote drilling in the Arctic,” they said in their Friday letter. “In the meantime, we are concerned that no one has responded to the concerns we raised in our previous letters.”

The letter was signed by Sens. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseHollywood, DC come together for First Amendment-themed VIP party Overnight Energy: Trump set to sign offshore drilling order Trump's FDA nominee clears key Senate committee MORE (R.I.), Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleySanders calls for renewed focus on fighting climate change Overnight Energy: Trump set to sign offshore drilling order Sanders: Trump couldn't be 'more wrong' on climate MORE (Ore.), Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyHollywood, DC come together for First Amendment-themed VIP party The Hill's 12:30 Report Lawmakers talk climate for Earth Day, Science March MORE (Vt.), Ben CardinBen CardinDemocrats exploring lawsuit against Trump Overnight Finance: Dems explore lawsuit against Trump | Full-court press for Trump tax plan | Clock ticks down to spending deadline Sanders on skipping WH Korea briefing: 'I did not want to be part of a photo op' MORE (Md.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders calls for renewed focus on fighting climate change Maher on Obama speaking fee: Isn’t that what cost Clinton the election? NRA head: Sanders 'a political predator' MORE (Vt.), Al FrankenAl FrankenWhat killing net neutrality means for the internet Overnight Tech: Net neutrality fight descends into trench warfare | Zuckerberg visits Ford factory | Verizon shines light on cyber espionage Franken, top Dems blast FCC over net neutrality proposal MORE (Minn.), Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalCongress eyes airline overhaul after United incident Dem senator blasts VA for outsourcing veterans suicide line Democrats exploring lawsuit against Trump MORE (Conn.), Brian Schatz (Hawaii), Martin HeinrichMartin HeinrichOvernight Finance: Dems explore lawsuit against Trump | Full-court press for Trump tax plan | Clock ticks down to spending deadline Dems hammer Trump for 'broken promises' in first 100 days The outdoor recreation economy is a force that is here to stay MORE (N.M.), Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyDems blast Trump's policies at Climate March Sanders calls for renewed focus on fighting climate change Overnight Energy: Trump set to sign offshore drilling order MORE (Mass.), Cory Booker (N.J.) and Gary Peters (Mich.).